Incident Summary:

12/21/2016: Three suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles near Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) soldiers in Bab, Aleppo, Syria. In addition to the three bombers, at least 10 soldiers were killed and 18 others were injured in the blasts. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Bab district.

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 Soldiers
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite 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
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) 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 13 Fatalities / 18 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 18
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Istanbul - Turkey vows to battle on after 16 troops killed in Syria," AFP (North European Service), December 22, 2016."
"Turkish forces fight ISIL to capture al-Bab," Turkish Daily, December 21, 2016."
"At Least 24 Killed amid Turkish Bombing in Syrian City of Al-Bab," Latin American Herald Tribune, December 23, 2016."