Incident Summary:

04/21/2005: Two US contractors and an Australian national were killed in a car-bomb attack along a road leading to Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq. The car-bomb exploded as a US military convoy was passing along the road en route to the airport. The Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I)
Specific Description A US military convoy in Baghdad
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity US Civilian Workers
Specific Description US civilians working for coalition forces in Baghdad
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Australian National in Baghdad
Nationality of Target Australia
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Reports on the incident are vague and may have coalesced data from two separate incidents.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic Army in Iraq (al-Jaish al-Islami fi al-Iraq) 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 3 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Al-Jazirah Cites Australian Foreign Ministry on Killing of National in Baghdad,” Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television, April 22, 2005.
“Australian Contractor Among 3 Killed on Iraq Airport Road,” Agence France Presse, April 21, 2005.