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
PerpetratorIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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]


A bus transporting 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]


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  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.