Incident Summary:

08/18/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near a police headquarters in Ipekyolu area, Van, Turkey. At least three people were killed and 70 people were injured in the blast; the victims included police officers and civilians. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). 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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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ipekyolu area.

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 Headquarters
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
A remote-controlled explosives-laden vehicle 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 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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 70
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.
"At Least Six Dead in Twin Car Bomb Attacks in Turkey," VOA News, August 18, 2016.