Incident Summary:

02/12/2017: Assailants, including suicide bombers in explosives-laden vehicles, attacked Busra square in Daraa city, Syria. This was one of three related incidents in different Daraa neighborhoods on the same day. At least 23 people, including 15 assailants and six soldiers, were killed and three other people were injured across all three attacks. Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the incidents. Sources also attributed the attacks to Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam (Syria), and the Free Syrian Army.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Busra square.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Busra Square
Specific Description Square
Nationality of Target Syria
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Artillery, mortars, homemade Jahannam cannons, and heavy machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201702120033, 201702120034, and 201702120035.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar al-Sham No
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jaysh al-Islam (Syria) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Syrian army confronts offensive by Nusra Front in southern Daraa," Xinhua General News Service, February 13, 2017.
"The army retakes strategic hills around Jahar gas station near Palmyra, repels Jabhat al-Nusra attack on neighborhood in Daraa city,", February 12, 2017.
"Jihadists and other rebels assault Syrian regime positions in southern city," Foundation for Defense of Democracies, February 17, 2017.