Incident Summary:

05/12/2019: Assailants fired a rockets at a church in Suqaylabiyah, Hamah, Syria. At least five children were killed in the blast. This was one of two related attacks in Suqaylabiyah on the same day. At least three people were killed and six other people were injured across both incidents. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected the involvement of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.

GTD ID:
201905120039

When:
2019-05-12

Country:
Syria

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Hamah

City:
Suqaylabiyah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A rocket was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201905120038 and 201905120039.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"At least 6 civilians killed in Syria's shelling attacks," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 12, 2019.
"Children Killed in Militant Rocket Attacks in Syria's Hama Province - Russian Military," UrduPoint.com, May 13, 2019.
"Rebels' shelling kills 3 children in Syria's Hama," Trend News (English), May 12, 2019.