Incident Summary:

08/20/2016: A suicide bomber detonated at a wedding in Gaziantep, Turkey. In addition to the assailant, at least 57 people were killed and 91 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sahinbey neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Wedding
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest containing RDX explosives was 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 attack 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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 58 Fatalities / 91 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 58
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 91
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ankara - Death toll rises to 57 in Turkey attack from August: report," AFP (North European Service), September 25, 2016.
"Gaziantep - 'IS child bomber' kills at least 51 at Turkey wedding," AFP (North European Service), August 21, 2016.
"Boy, 6, is 56th victim of Turkish wedding party bombing," Anadolu Ajansi, August 30, 2016.