Incident Summary:

05/14/2019: Assailants armed with a fake explosive device and sharp objects attempted to take a security guard hostage and attack the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Two assailants were apprehended and there were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources attributed the attack to the Devrimici Halk Kurtulus Cephesi (DHKP/C).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred along Ataturk Boulevard.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Grand National Assembly
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
A razor attached to a pencil and a fake explosive device consisting of a bag with wires were 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Devrimici Halk Kurtulus Cephesi (DHKP/C) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Turkey detains two over attack on parliament guard," Siasat Daily, May 15, 2019.
"Turkey detains 2 militants trying to enter parliament," An Nahar, May 15, 2019.
"Turkey thwarts leftist extremist attempted 'attack' on parliament," BBC Monitoring, May 15, 2019.