Incident Summary:

03/04/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated and assailants fired rockets at police officers near a police station in Ipekyolu neighborhood, Nusaybin, Mardin, Turkey. Two police officers were killed and 35 people, including civilians and police officers, were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ipekyolu neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Turkish Traffic Police
Specific Description Police Station
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 Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle, rockets, and long-barreled firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 Ercan Gunay and Murat Dundar. 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
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 35 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 35
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Diyarbakir - Two Turkish police killed in attack blamed on PKK," AFP (North European Service), March 4, 2016.
"Two officers killed, 35 wounded in massive car bomb attack," Hurriyet Daily News Online, March 6, 2016.
"Turkish police killed in car bomb blast," The Herald (Glasgow), March 5, 2016.