Incident Summary:

02/17/2016: A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle detonated targeting a military convoy in Ankara city, Ankara province, Turkey. In addition to the bomber, at least 29 people were killed and 60 people were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for Turkish military operations in Cizre district. Additionally, sources also attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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 The victims included Brigadier General Reha Ufuk Er. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kurdish militant group claims responsibility for deadly Ankara bombing," CNN Wire, February 19, 2016.
"Death toll in Ankara bombing increases to 29," Belfast Telegraph, February 23, 2016.
"Suicide bomber behind Ankara attack identified," Xinhua General News Service, February 23, 2016.