Incident Summary:

07/31/2016: A suicide bomber detonated at the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) Al Hikmah Base in Aleppo city, Syria. Following the blast, additional assailants armed with projectiles attacked the base. Aside from the death of the bomber, there were an unknown number of casualties in the incident. Additionally, at least 12 soldiers were abducted and their whereabouts are unknown. Al-Nusrah Front, Ahrar al-Sham, and Ansar al-Din Front all claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Al Hikmah Base
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Several 120-mm mortars 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Al-Nusrah Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Ansar al-Din Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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"Offensive launched by group of 5,000 militants in southeastern Aleppo repelled with support of Russian Aerospace Forces - Gen. Rudskoi," Russia & CIS Military Newswire, August 1, 2016.
"Syrian rebels make gains in Aleppo offensive," Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television, August 1, 2016.