Incident Summary:

10/30/2004: Seven people were killed and 19 wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the Baghdad offices of the Al-Arabiya satellite Arabic television station. A group calling itself Brigades of the 1920 Revolution claimed responsibility in a statement posted on an Islamist website, whose authenticity could not be confirmed. Shortly afterwards, another unknown group called the Jihad Martyr's Companies in Iraq claimed responsibility in a competing claim.




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: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Al Arabiya Television
Specific Description Al Arabiya station in Baghdad
Nationality of Target United Arab Emirates
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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
Suicide car bomb.
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
Additional Information There were competing claims of responsibility for this attack from two previously unknown groups. Neither claim was verified.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
1920 Revolution Brigades (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jihad Martyr's Companies in Iraq (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 19 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 19
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Seven dead in car bomb attack outside Al-Arabiya Baghdad office," Agence France-Presse, October 30, 2004.
Robert H. Reid, "Iraq prime minister warns time running out for peaceful settlement in Fallujah; blast kills 15 in Tikrit," The Associated Press, October 31, 2004.
"Multiple acts of violence throughout Iraq," NBC Nightly News, October 30, 2004.