Incident Summary:

08/15/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at a police station in Diyarbakir, Turkey. At least eight people, including police officers and civilians, were killed and 44 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Diyarbakir district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between the cities of Diyarbakir and Bismil.

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 Police Station
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 truck 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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 44 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 44
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 PKK terrorists apprehended over SE Turkey bomb attack," Anadolu Ajansi, August 19, 2016.
"Turkey: PKK terror attack death toll rises to 8," Anadolu Ajansi, August 16, 2016.
"Several wounded in blast in Turkey's south-eastern city of Diyarbakir," International Business Times UK, August 15, 2016.