Incident Summary:

09/12/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated targeting the provincial headquarters of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Besvol area, Van, Turkey. At least 48 people were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the dismissal of many mayors in Kurdish-run districts and for the killing of Kurdish civilians by authorities.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Besyol 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 Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Specific Description Provincial Offices
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?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 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 0 Fatalities / 48 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 48
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Turkey neutralizes perpetrator of 2016 PKK bomb attack," Anadolu Ajansi, September 1, 2018.
"PKK claims responsibility for car bombing in southeast Turkey," Trend News (English), September 13, 2016.
"Kurdish militant group says it was behind car bombing in Turkey's Van," Reuters UK, September 13, 2016.