Incident Summary:

02/09/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a Syrian Police officers club in Barzeh neighborhood, Damascus city, Damascus governorate, Syria. In addition to the bomber, at least eight people were killed and 20 others were injured in the blast; the victims included police officers and civilians. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
201602090002

When:
2016-02-09

Country:
Syria

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Damascus

City:
Damascus

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Barzeh neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Syrian Police
Specific Description Officers Club
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide blast at Damascus police club kills several: interior ministry," Reuters, February 9, 2016."
"Car bomb targets Damascus police club," BBC, February 9, 2016."
"IS Claims Car Bomb Attack on Damascus Police Club," VOA News, February 9, 2016."