Incident Summary:

01/18/2004: A pickup truck loaded with 500 kilos of explosives exploded at the Assassin's Gate, the entrance to the main industrial center of Baghdad, Iraq, and also the United States' Military headquarters. Twenty-five were people killed and over 100 were injured in the attack, for which no group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity American Military
Specific Description American Military headquarters in Baghdad
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Baghdad Industrial Center
Specific Description Assassin's Gate, the entrance to Baghdad's Industrial center
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Massive suicide bombing kills 25 at coalition's Baghdad HQ-Update,", January 18, 2004.
Jennie Matthew, "Massive suicide bombing kills 25 at coalition's Baghdad," Agence France Presse, January 18, 2004.
"Baghdad car bomb was destined for heart of coalition HQ: US military," Agence France Presse, January 19, 2004.