Incident Summary:

01/28/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the Syrian Army vehicle management base in Harasta, Damascus, Syria. Following the blast, additional assailants attacked the base. There were an unknown number of casualties in the blast and the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham. Sources also attributed the incident to the Al-Rahman Corps of the Free Syrian Army, which denied involvement.




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 Vehicle Management Base
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle and explosive devices planted inside a tunnel were 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 (suspected) 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
"Fight shatters truce in rebel stronghold near Damascus," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 28, 2018.
"Rebels wage fresh attack on key military base in Damascus' Eastern Ghouta," Xinhua General News Service, January 28, 2018.
"Breaking: New militant offensive against Syrian Army in east Damascus kicks-off following car bomb a...," Al-Masdar News, January 28, 2018.