Incident Summary:

09/14/2004: A car bomb exploded outside of the police station on Hayfa Street in Baghdad, where a crowd of volunteers and recruits were waiting to join the police force. Forty-seven people were killed and 114 wounded in the attack. The group headed by Abu Musab al-Zarquawi, Tawhid and Jihad, claimed responsibility for the attack.




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: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Iraqi's at the police station on Hayfa Street in Baghdad
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
Car bomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 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 47 Fatalities / 114 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 47
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 114
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Web site claim of responsibility for Baghdad police station attack,” Associated Press, September 14, 2004.
“Car bomb kills at least 27 at police station in Iraqi capital, officials says,” Associated Press, September 14, 2004.