Incident Summary:

04/11/2017: Assailants detonated explosives underneath a police compound in Baglar neighborhood, Diyarbakir, Turkey. Three people, including a police officer and two civilians, were killed and 12 people were injured in the blast. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the ill treatment of Kurdish citizens by Turkish authorities.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Baglar neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Turkish National Police (EGM)
Specific Description Compound
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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 Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
A timed explosive device containing one ton of explosive material, including TNT, RDX, ammonium nitrate, and diesel, was used in the attack.
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 The victims included Burhan Mercan, Yunus Elaltunterin and Cengiz Tekin.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Istanbul - PKK claims deadly attack in Diyarbakir ahead of Turkey vote," AFP (North European Service), April 12, 2017.
"Explosion at Turkish police compound deemed terror attack," UPI, April 12, 2017.
"Blast at Turkey's SE city confirmed as terror attack," Xinhua General News Service, April 12, 2017.