Incident Summary:

05/19/2016: An explosive device detonated targeting military personnel in Nusaybin, Mardin, Turkey. At least two soldiers were killed and eight soldiers were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Civil Protection Units (YPS) and to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Abdulkadir Pasa neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device 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) 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
Civil Protection Units (YPS) No
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two soldiers killed in PKK attacks in southeast Turkey," Turkish Daily, May 19, 2016.
"Turkey: Two Soldiers Killed, Eight Others Wounded in Bomb Explosion," Anadolu Agency AboneWeb, May 19, 2016.
"Explosion in Nusaybin: 1 Soldier Killed, 8 Injured,", May 19, 2016.