Incident Summary:

02/24/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a Free Syrian Army (FSA) command center in Sousian, Aleppo, Syria. In addition to the assailant, at least 77 people were killed and 100 others were injured in the blast; the victims included FSA members and civilians. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Free Syrian Army (FSA)
Specific Description Command Center
Nationality of Target Syria
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) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. This attack may have been the result of fighting between rival groups.
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 78 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 78
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Monitor: Death toll in al-Bab car bombing rises to 77," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 25, 2017."
"Car bomb kills dozens in Syria," CNN, February 24, 2017."
"Al-Bab - Suicide bomber kills 51 near Syria town taken from IS," AFP (North European Service), February 24, 2017."