Incident Summary:

08/18/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a police station in Elazig, Turkey. In addition to the assailant, at least three police officers were killed and 217 people, including officers and civilians, were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident. The Turkish government claimed that Fethullah Gülen (in exile) and the "Fetullah Terrorist Organization" were responsible for the PKK's attack.




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: Police
Name of Entity Turkish National Police (EGM)
Specific Description Elazig Police Station
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
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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 217 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 217
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Turkey: Three killed in bomb blasts near police station," Al Jazeera, August 18, 2016.
"PKK admits it planted Elazig bomb in Turkey," EuroNews, August 19, 2016.
"PKK militant group claims responsibility for car bomb attack in eastern Turkey," Reuters UK, August 19, 2016.