Incident Summary:

05/01/2016: Assailants opened fire and a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a police station in Gaziantep, Turkey. In addition to the assailant, at least three police officers were killed and 34 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

GTD ID:
201605010010

When:
2016-05-01

Country:
Turkey

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Gaziantep

City:
Gaziantep

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 National Police (EGM)
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
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Mehmet Oter. 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 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 34 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 34
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Istanbul - Toll from attack in Turkey attack rises after policeman dies," AFP (North European Service), May 6, 2016."
"Car bomb kills two policemen in Turkey, 22 wounded," The Financial Express (Bangladesh), May 1, 2016."
"Death toll in Gaziantep car bomb attack rises to three," Turkish Daily, May 6, 2016."