Incident Summary:

03/19/2016: A suicide bomber detonated at the Istiklal Street pedestrian mall in Beyoglu neighborhood, Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to the bomber, at least four people, including two United States citizens, were killed and 36 other people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials identified the assailant, Mehmet Ozturk, as a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Beyoglu area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Istiklal Street
Specific Description Pedestrian Mall
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 Victims included individuals from Algeria, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. 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
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 36 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 36
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide Bombing Near Historic Mosque in Turkey Wounds 13," The New York Times, April 28, 2016.
"Does ISIS Turkey attack on Jews mark a new trend?," Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2016.
"Report: Suicide bomber in Istanbul stalked group of Israelis," Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2016.