Incident Summary:

08/24/2004: Unknown perpetrators launched bomb attacks within one half hour of each other on two Iraqi interim government ministers in southeastern Baghdad. The bombs failed to kill or injure either official. The first explosion was the result of a suicide car bomb around 8 a.m. that targeted interim Environment Minister Mishkat Moumin, as her convoy left a guarded and barricaded compound where many Iraqi ministers live and work. Jama'at al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad (JTJ), led by the Al-Qaida-linked militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for the first attack in a statement posted on an Islamic website.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iraqi Environment Ministry
Specific Description A convoy carrying Iraq's Environment Minister, Mishkat Moumin
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Weapon Details
A suicide bomber detonated a device hidden in a vehicle while he was parked at an intersection.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here. This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200408240003-04). Reports on the two attacks did not distinguish the number of people killed in each individual attack; so the number of casualties has been split evenly across both cases in order to preserve the statistical accuracy of the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Dean Yates, “Bodyguards die as bombs target ministerial convoys,” Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia), August 25, 2004.
Dean Yates, “Suicide car bomb attacks target key Iraqi ministers,” Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia), August 25, 2004.
“At least five killed in failed attacks on two Iraqi officials,” Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee), August 25, 2004.