Incident Summary:

03/13/2016: Two suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in Ankara city, Turkey. In addition to the assailants, at least 37 people were killed and 125 people were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the attack was carried out in retaliation for military operations in Kurdish areas. Sources also attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred on Ataturk Boulevard in the Kizilay neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
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
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
Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 39 Fatalities / 125 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 39
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 125
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ankara - Radical Kurdish group close to PKK claims deadly Ankara attack," AFP (North European Service), March 17, 2016.
"Ankara - Suicide car bombing kills 27 in central Ankara," AFP (North European Service), March 13, 2016.
"Singapore: Turkish police detain 20 in Istanbul raids targeting PKK - Anadolu," Channel NewsAsia Online, March 16, 2016.