Incident Summary:

05/07/2005: A suicide car bomb killed four American soldiers outside a hospital in Haditha, Iraq. Unknown insurgents then opened fire on the soldiers from inside the hospital with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. No group claimed responsibility for the assault.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


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 U.S. marines and sailors
Nationality of Target United States
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 99 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 4
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 99
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Insurgents used human shields in hospital battle, says US,” Agence France Presse, May 09, 2005.
“Iraqi Insurgents Attack US Forces From Inside Hospital,” The Frontrunner, May 09, 2005.
Thomas Wagner, “Seven U.S. military killed in Iraq; Parliament approves Cabinet picks, one turns down post,” The Associated Press, May 09, 2005.