Incident Summary:

05/04/2005: An Ansar al-Sunna suicide bomber blew himself up at a police recruitment center in Arbil, Iraq killing 60 people and injuring 150 others. Many of those injured were recruits in the process of signing up to work for the Iraqi police.




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 A police recruitment center in Arbil
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sunna 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 60 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 60
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Suicide Bomber Kills Almost 50 in Kurdish City of Northern Iraq,” Agence France Presse, May 05, 2005.
Yahya Barzanji, “Pools of Blood on Streets as Bomber Kills 60 in Northern Iraq,” The Associated Press, May 05, 2005.
“Islamic Group Claims Responsibility for Deadly Suicide Bombing,” Xinhua General News Service, May 04, 2005.