Incident Summary:

08/24/2004: Unknown perpetrators attacked two Iraqi interim government ministers with bombs about one half-hour apart in southeastern Baghdad, but failed to kill or injure either official. The second explosion, a roadside bomb about six miles away from the first attack, targeted interim Education Minister Sami al Mudhaffar as his convoy passed on its way to pick him up. The two bombings resulted in the deaths of five people and injured several others. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the 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) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iraqi Education Ministry
Specific Description A convoy en-route to pick-up Education Minister, Sami Mudhafar
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information 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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“At least five killed in failed attacks on two Iraqi officials,” Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee), August 25, 2004.
Dean Yates, “Suicide car bomb attacks target key Iraqi ministers,” Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia), August 25, 2004.
Dean Yates, “Bodyguards die as bombs target ministerial convoys,” Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia), August 25, 2004.