Incident Summary:

05/05/2016: Assailants, including suicide bombers, attacked Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) and Islamic Republic of Iran Armed Forces (IRIAF) soldiers in Khan Tuman, Aleppo, Syria. At least 73 people, including 30 soldiers and 43 assailants, were killed and 21 others were wounded in the attack and ensuing clash. Al-Nusrah Front and Ajnad al-Sham claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also attributed the attack to the Free Syrian Army, Ahrar al-Sham and the Nur-al-Din al-Zinki Movement.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Khan Tuman

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 Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Islamic Republic of Iran Armed Forces (IRIAF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Iran
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden armored vehicle, artillery, tanks, and machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ajnad al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Al-Nusrah Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Free Syrian Army Al-Rahman Corps No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 73 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 73
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 43
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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"'Horrifying' Syrian refugee camp bombing as rebels seize key Aleppo village," International Business Times UK, May 6, 2016."
"Syria Crisis Update: Rebels Capture Village Near Aleppo; UN Official Slams Airstrike On Refugee Camp," International Business Times, May 6, 2016."