2016 Atmeh attack

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2016 Atmeh attack
Part of the Syrian Civil War
LocationAtmeh, Syria
TargetFree Syrian Army
Attack type
Bomb attack
WeaponsSuicide Attack
Deaths50[1]
Non-fatal injuries
50
PerpetratorIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant
MotiveTerror

On 15 August 2016, a suicide bombing that targeted a packed Syrian rebel junction at the Atmeh border crossing, killed 50 Syrian Rebels, several civilians, and reports of 2[1] wounded Turkish soldiers.[2] The attack was claimed by Islamic State, that stated it targeted Syrian rebel fighters from Faylaq al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki.[3] Around 32 dead fighters were from the Nour al-Din al-Zenki group.[4]

Attack[edit]

A bus transporting a large number of rebel fighters was completely destroyed in the targeted blast, causing 40 deaths and 50 injuries. The Free Syrian Army rebel factions were preparing a mobilization from the Turkish border towards the Aleppo Front to either battle the Syrian Army or Islamic State.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IS claims deaths of 50 US-backed rebels in Syria suicide attack". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Syria conflict: Bus blast kills rebels near Turkey border - BBC News". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. ^ Charkatli, Izat (14 August 2016). "Suicide bombing kills dozens of jihadists". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Isis owns up to suicide attack on rival rebels". Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Islamic State says bus blast killed 50 fighters at Syria-Turkey crossing". Reuters. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.