Incident Summary:

12/30/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden bulldozer at a Syrian Army base in Harasta, Damascus governorate, Syria. Following the blast, additional assailants then attacked the base. There were an unknown number of casualties in the blast and ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, and the Al-Rahman Corps of the Free Syrian Army.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Army
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden bulldozer 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar al-Sham No
Free Syrian Army Al-Rahman Corps No
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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"BBCM: Syria -- Fierce Fighting Continues Around Key Facility Near Damascus," BBC Monitoring, January 1, 2018.