Incident Summary:

12/17/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a bus carrying military personnel in Kayseri, Turkey. In addition to the assailant, at least 15 soldiers were killed and 53 other soldiers were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed responsibility for the incident. However, sources also attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)
Specific Description Bus
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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 Freedom Hawks (TAK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 53 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 53
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Istanbul - Kurdish militant group claims Turkey attack that killed 14: report," AFP (North European Service), December 20, 2016.
"Blast hits bus in Turkey's central province of Kayseri," Al Jazeera, December 17, 2016.
"Suicide attack kills 13 soldiers in Turkey," BBC, December 17, 2016.