Incident Summary:

04/15/2017: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at a Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) base in Wadi al-Arzak, near Salma, Lattakia, Syria. At least 10 soldiers were killed and dozens of other soldiers were injured in the blast. Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also suspected that the attack was carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Salma

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Wadi al-Arzak area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled explosives-laden vehicle 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Military officials claimed that an army vehicle exploded after catching fire. The officials also stated that the terrain in the area is difficult to traverse and it was unlikely that an explosives-laden vehicle would be able to reach the area.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"BREAKING: North Latakia blast injures dozens of Army troops," Al-Masdar News, April 15, 2017."
"Xinhua: 1st LD: Car Bomb Blast Hits Syrian Military Position In Latakia," Xinhua, April 15, 2017."
"Bomb attack kills 10, injures several in Syria’s Latakia," Press TV, April 15, 2017."