Incident Summary:

12/16/2016: A young female suicide bomber detonated in the bathroom of a Syrian Police station in Midan neighborhood, Damascus, Syria. Aside from the death of the bomber, at least three officers were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by Al-Nusrah Front.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Midan area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Syrian Police
Specific Description Police Station
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled explosives-laden belt 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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Nusrah Front (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Girl, 7, used as suicide bomber at Damascus police station," International Business Times UK, December 17, 2016."
"Syrian militant who sent daughter on suicide mission in Damascus, killed," Middle East Eye, December 26, 2016."
"Syrian Media Says 7-Year-Old Child Caused Blast At Damascus Police Station," Outlook India, December 17, 2016."