Incident Summary:

03/15/2017: A suicide bomber detonated at the Palace of Justice in Hamidiyah neighborhood, Damascus, Syria. In addition to the assailant, at least 31 people were killed and 60 other people were injured in the blast. This was one of two suicide bombings in Damascus on the same day. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

GTD ID:
201703150020

When:
2017-03-15

Country:
Syria

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Damascus

City:
Damascus

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hamidiyah neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Damascus
Specific Description Palace of Justice
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest was 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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest and most 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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide attack hits Justice Palace in Syria's Damascus," Al Jazeera, March 15, 2017."
"Suicide Bombing Hits Justice Building in Damascus," The New York Times, March 15, 2017."
"Singapore: Islamic State claims responsibility for March 15 Damascus bombings," Channel NewsAsia Online, March 30, 2017."