Incident Summary:

08/26/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a Turkish National Police (EGM) checkpoint in Cizre, Sirnak, Turkey. In addition to the bomber, at least 12 people were killed and 77 others, 74 officers and three civilians, were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the detainment of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Checkpoint
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck and firearms 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers 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) 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 13 Fatalities / 77 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 77
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb hits police headquarters in southeast Turkey," Al Jazeera, August 26, 2016.
"Turkish police dies from wounds suffered in PKK attack," World Bulletin, September 5, 2016.
"World - 11 police officers killed by Kurdish suicide-bomber," Irish News, August 27, 2016.