Incident Summary:

10/12/2017: At least two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles near refugees in Abu Fas, Al Hasakah, Syria. In addition to the two assailants, at least 17 people were killed and 100 other people were injured in the blasts; the victims included Asayish officers, Hawar News Agency journalists, and civilians. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Hasakah

Abu Fas

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hasakah district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Hawar News Agency
Specific Description Journalists: Dilshan Ibash, Hawker Faisal Mohammed, Rizgar Deniz
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Asayish
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Refugees
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
At least one explosives-laden truck was used in the attack.
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
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"12:05Suicide attack kills 18 in eastern Syria," An Nahar, October 13, 2017."
"Tens of civilians killed in Daesh car bomb blast in Syria," InterpressNews, October 13, 2017."
"Two Kurdish reporters killed on duty by car bombings in eastern Syria," CPJ Press Freedom, October 16, 2017."