Incident Summary:

05/10/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated targeting a police bus transporting suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members in Diyarbakir, Turkey. At least five people were killed and 43 others were injured in the blast. The victims included police officers and civilians. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Baglar neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
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 Bus
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
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle carrying 200-kilograms of explosives with ammonium nitrate was 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
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: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 43 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 43
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly car bomb hits Turkey's Diyarbakir," Al Jazeera, May 10, 2016.
"Diyarbakir - Three people killed in bomb attack in Turkey's Diyarbakir: official," AFP (North European Service), May 10, 2016.
"Three security officers killed in PKK attacks, car crash in Turkey’s southeast," Turkish Daily, May 20, 2016.