Incident Summary:

06/07/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a police bus in Beyazit neighborhood, Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to the assailant, at least 12 people, including police officers and civilians, were killed and 35 people were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for recent military operations. However, sources also attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Beyazit neighborhood.

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 Vehicle
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 Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Renault Clio vehicle containing around 400 kilograms of plastic explosives was 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) 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 Freedom Hawks (TAK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 35 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 35
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Istanbul bombing: Turkey police arrest four suspects," Al Jazeera, June 8, 2016.
"Death toll in Istanbul car bomb attack rises to 12," Turkish Daily, June 16, 2016.
"Kurdish militant group warns foreigners to stay away from Turkey as it takes responsibility for Istanbul attack," Telegraph, June 10, 2016.