World Europe 01 Jan 2017 A look at the major ...

A look at the major attacks in Turkey over the past year

Published Jan 1, 2017, 10:31 am IST
Updated Jan 1, 2017, 10:32 am IST
With attacks from the Islamis State and other rebel forces, besides the military coup, Turkey has been in a restive state in 2016.
Outside the Ataturk Airport, after the attack in June. (Photo: File)
 Outside the Ataturk Airport, after the attack in June. (Photo: File)

Ankara: A deadly New Year's assault on an Istanbul nightclub follows a long string of attacks in Turkey over the past year. A look at the most significant attacks:

- January 12, 2016, Istanbul: Suicide bomber kills 12 German tourists in historic district. Authorities say attacker was linked the Islamic State group.


- February 17, Ankara: A suicide car bomb apparently targeting military personnel kills 29 people in an attack claimed by TAK, an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

-March 13, Ankara: Kurdish woman blows herself up in a car at a busy transport hub, killing 37 people in an attack claimed by TAK, also known as the Kurdish Freedom Falcons.

- March 19, Istanbul: Turkish suicide bomber kills five people in the city's main pedestrian shopping street, Istiklal. Turkish officials say bomber was linked to IS.

- March 31, Diyarbakir: Car bomb kills seven police officers and wounds 27 people, including 13 police.

- April 12, Gaziantep: Syrian journalist dies from gunshot wounds from attack claimed by IS.

- April 27, Bursa: Female suicide bomber wounds 13 in a historic district of Turkey's fourth largest city.

- May 1, Gaziantep: Car bomb at the entrance of a police station kills two officers, 22 other people wounded.

-May 10, Diyarbakir: Car bomb strikes police vehicle carrying officers escorting seven detained Kurdish militants, killing three people and wounding 45 others.

- May 12, Istanbul: Car bomb targeting a military garrison explodes during rush hour, wounding eight people.

- June 7, Istanbul: Car bomb hits a riot police bus during the morning rush hour, killing 11 people and wounding 36. A Kurdish militant group claims responsibility.

- June 8, Midyat: Kurdish suicide car bomber kills five people and wounds 51, including 23 civilians, outside a police headquarters near Turkey-Syria border.

- June 17, Istanbul: Car bomb explodes as a police vehicle passes by, killing 11 people.

- June 28, Istanbul's Ataturk Airport: Three suicide bombers armed with assault rifles storm airport, killing 44 people and wounding nearly 150.

- July 15: About 270 people die in military coup attempt.

- August 17, Van: Car bombing at a police station kills a police officer and two civilians; 53 civilians and 20 police officers wounded.

- August 18, Elazig: Car bomb at police headquarters kills at least five people and wounds more than 140.

- August 20, Gaziantep: Suicide bomber - possibly as young as 12 - kills at least 51 people at an outdoor Kurdish wedding party. IS suspected of directing attack.

- August 26, Cizre: Kurdish suicide bomber rams an explosives-laden truck into a police checkpoint, killing at least 11 officers and wounding 78 other people.

- September 12. Van: Car bomb wounds 50 people outside ruling party's municipal headquarters.

- October 6, Istanbul: Motorcycle bomb explodes near a police station, wounding at least 10 people.

- October 8, Ankara: Two suicide bombers blow themselves up after refusing to surrender to police. No one else was hurt.

- October 9, Hakkari province: Kurdish militants detonate car bomb outside a military checkpoint in the southeast, killing 10 soldiers and eight civilians.

- October 10, Dicle: A top local official of the ruling Justice and Development Party is killed when attackers open fire at a gas station he owned.

- November 4, Diyarbakir: Car bomb near a riot-police bus kills at least 11 people, including two police officers. A Kurdish militant group and IS both claim responsibility.

- November 24, Adana: Car bomb targeting a government building kills at least two people and wounds 33 others.

- December 10, Istanbul: A double bomb attack outside soccer stadium kills 44 people and wounds 149.

-December 17, Kayseri province: Suicide car bomber targeting a public bus transporting off-duty soldiers kills 13 troops and wounds 56 other people.

-December 19, Ankara: A Turkish riot policeman assassinates Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov at a photo exhibition.

-January 1, 2017, Istanbul. An assailant opens fire at a crowded nightclub during New Year's celebrations. Istanbul's governor says the attack killed at least 35 people and wounded 40 others.

Location: Turkey, Ankara, Ankara