Always a bloody terrain: A list of bomb attacks in Turkey since 1982

Istanbul, Turkey : Following is a list of the worst bomb attacks in Turkey since 1982:

-- 7 August, 1982: A bomb at Ankara airport followed by a gun battle leaves 11 dead and 63 injured. The attack is claimed by the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA).

-- 6 September, 1986: A twin suicide bombing claimed by Islamic Jihad kills 22 people at the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul.

Emergency responders work beside victims at the site of a blast in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, the Istanbul's main tourist hub on Tuesday. AFP

Emergency responders work beside victims at the site of a blast in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, the Istanbul's main tourist hub on Tuesday. AFP

-- 25 December, 1991: Explosives and firebombs are hurled at a department store in Istanbul, killing 17 people and injuring 23 others. The attack is blamed on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

-- 13 March, 1999: Twelve dead in a firebomb attack on a shopping mall in Istanbul. The attack is claimed by the PKK, but the rebel group later retracts its claim.

-- 15 and 20 November, 2003: Four suicide car bomb attacks in Istanbul hit two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the British multinational bank HSBC, leaving 63 dead, including Britain's consul general Roger Short, and hundreds wounded. The attacks are claimed by Al-Qaeda and a Turkish extremist group named the Islamic Front of Raiders of the Great Orient.

-- 12 September, 2006: Ten people, including seven children, are killed in a powerful bomb blast in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast. Kurdish rebels deny involvement.

-- 27 July, 2008: Two bombings in Istanbul leave 17 dead and 115 wounded. The authorities blame the PKK.

-- 11 February, 2013: 17 people are killed when a Syrian minibus explodes barely 40 metres (yards) into the buffer zone of the Cilvegozu border crossing with Syria in the Turkish town of Reyhanli.

-- 11 May, 2013: A twin car bomb attack kills 52 people in Reyhanli. Ankara blames pro-Damascus groups.

-- 20 July, 2015: 34 people are killed and around 100 injured in a suicide bombing in the predominantly-Kurdish town of Suruc near the border with Syria. Turkish officials blame the Islamic State group.

-- 10 October, 2015: 103 people are killed and more than 500 wounded in a twin suicide bombing targeting a crowd of leftist and pro-Kurdish activists at a peace rally in Ankara. The government blames the attack -- the deadliest ever on Turkish soil -- on IS.

-- 12 January , 2016: Ten people, mostly foreigners, are killed and 15 wounded in a suicide attack by a Syrian bomber in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, the tourist heart of the city.


Updated Date: Jan 12, 2016 20:31 PM

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