Incident Summary:

03/24/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near a Turkish Gendarmerie station in Lice district, Diyarbakir, Turkey. Following the blast, assailants then opened fire on the building. At least three soldiers were killed and 24 others were injured in the attack. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Lice district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Gendarmerie
Specific Description Station
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden van and machine guns 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information 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
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Diyarbakir - Three Turkish police killed in suspected PKK car bomb, gun attack," AFP (North European Service), March 25, 2016.
"Kurdish militants attack Turkish gendarmerie station, kill 2," Reuters Africa, March 24, 2016.
"Turkish warplanes strike PKK targets in northern Iraq," Reuters UK, March 24, 2016.