Incident Summary:

07/28/2004: A minibus packed with explosives was detonated by a suicide attacker while targeting the al-Najda police station in Baqouba, Iraq. The blast killed at least 70 people, mostly civilians, and injured 56. The attack took place in the middle of the downtown part of the city, where hundreds were lined up to join the Iraqi police force. The blast wrecked nearby shops and burned vehicles. Officials suspected the group of followers of Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's Iraqi chief, who had made claims on other attacks in the city.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Iraq Policemen at al-Najda Police Station
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians lined up to join the Iraqi police force
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The suicide bomber packed a vehicle, a minibus, with explosives.
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 70 Fatalities / 56 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 70
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 56
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“More than 120 killed in Iraq; Powell, Saudis discuss sending Arab-Muslim forces,” Agence France Presse, July 29, 2004.
“Muslim troops mooted as car bomb kills 68 Iraqis,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, July 29, 2004.
“Iraqi Health Ministry says 76 civilians killed in past 24 hours,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 29, 2004.