Incident Summary:

04/15/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near an evacuation bus convoy in Rashidin neighborhood, Aleppo, Syria. In addition to the assailant, at least 126 people were killed and 55 other people were injured in the blast; the victims included aid workers, Ahrar al-Sham members, and civilians. Jaysh al-Islam (Syria) claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and suspected the involvement of Ahrar al-Sham.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Rashidin neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Aid Workers
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Ahrar al-Sham
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Evacuation Bus Convoy
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar al-Sham (suspected) No
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham No
Jaysh al-Islam (Syria) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 127 Fatalities / 55 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 127
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 55
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Syria: 126 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees, group says," CNN, April 15, 2017.
"Assad blames former al-Qaeda affiliate for refugee convoy bombing," Middle East Eye, April 21, 2017.
"Death toll from Aleppo bomb attack at least 112 - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights," Reuters India, April 16, 2017.