Incident Summary:

10/04/2018: An explosive device detonated targeting a military convoy near Gercus, Batman, Turkey. Seven soldiers were killed and two soldiers were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

GTD ID:
201810040001

When:
2018-10-04

Country:
Turkey

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Batman

City:
Near Gercus

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine 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) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Turks march to condemn terrorist attack in Batman," Anadolu Ajansi, October 5, 2018.
"Seven Turkish soldiers killed, three wounded in Kurdish militant attack: source," Lebanon Daily Star, October 4, 2018.
"7 Turkish soldiers killed in blast blamed on Kurdish rebels," An Nahar, October 4, 2018.