Incident Summary:

06/28/2016: Three suicide bombers opened fire before detonating their explosives-laden vests at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to the assailants, at least 45 people were killed and 235 people were injured in the attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Ataturk Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests containing RDX, TNT, and PETN and AK-47 assault rifles 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) 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
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 48 Fatalities / 235 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 48
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 235
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"BBC Online: Istanbul Airport Attackers From Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan," BBC Online, June 30, 2016.
"41 Dead As Turkey Blames IS For Istanbul Airport Carnage," AFP (World Service), June 29, 2016.
"Singapore: Istanbul airport attack death toll rises to 45," Channel NewsAsia Online, July 2, 2016.