Incident Summary:

05/02/2017: Suicide bombers detonated at a Syrian Democratic Forces checkpoint near a makeshift internally displaced persons camp in Rajm al-Salibi, Al Hasakah, Syria. Following the blasts, additional assailants opened fire on the checkpoint. This was one of two coordinated attacks in Rajm al-Salibi on the same day. At least 51 people, including five assailants, were killed and 34 other people were injured across both incidents; the victims included Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) members and civilians. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Hasakah

Rajm al-Salibi

Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Iraqi border.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Syria Democratic Forces
Specific Description Checkpoint
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)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests and firearms were 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201705020001 and 201705020034.
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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISIL suicide bombers 'kill dozens' in northeast Syria," Al Jazeera, May 2, 2017."
"Iraq: Security Roundup 1900 GMT 05 May 2017," Summary, May 5, 2017."
"Islamic State attack on displaced in northeast Syria kills at least 30," Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2017."