Incident Summary:

9/12/2004: A suicide bomber was shot and killed in Baghdad, Baghdad province, Iraq. The assailant was attempting to breach a security checkpoint just outside of the Green Zone in a vehicle laden with explosives when national guardsmen opened fire. The Green Zone housed the US embassy and was the seat of the interim government. Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the incident. This incident occurred at the same time that other sites around Baghdad were being targeted, including Haifa Street and Abu Ghraib prison.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The Green Zone in Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity The US embassy
Specific Description The U.S. embassy located in the Green Zone
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Interim Iraqi government
Specific Description The seat of the interim government in the Green Zone
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle laden with explosives driven by a suicide bomber
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 This is a multiple incident. As this attack was occurring, various other sites around Baghdad were being targeted, including Abu Ghraib prison and Haifa Street. Between all of these incidents, at least 12 people were killed and 41 were injured.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"12 dead as US troops battle insurgents in Baghdad," Agence France Presse, September 12, 2004."