Incident Summary:

01/05/2017: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near the courthouse in Bayrakli neighborhood, Izmir, Turkey. Following the blast, assailants then opened fire on the courthouse. At least four people, including one police officer, one court employee, and two assailants, were killed and six other people were injured in the attack. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Bayrakli neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Turkey
Specific Description Courthouse
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
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 lowest 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Istanbul - Kurdish militant group claims responsibility for Izmir attack," AFP (North European Service), January 11, 2017.
"Thailand: 2 killed in new Turkey car bombing," Bangkok Post Online, January 6, 2017.
"No doubt PKK was behind Izmir attack: Justice minister," Hurriyet Daily News Online, January 6, 2017.