Incident Summary:

12/06/2005: Two police officers blew themselves up at Baghdad’s police academy building, killing at least 36 fellow officers and wounding at least 72 more. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the incident. This incident was similar to other attacks on U.S. Army and Iraqi police forces during this period before parliamentary elections and during Saddam Hussein’s trial.




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: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Baghdad Police Academy
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
The two perpetrators were said to have suicide/explosive vests.
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 This was part of several related incidents: the first source states that there were several incidents where Iraqi security personnel were killed, an Iraqi civilian was killed by a makeshift bomb near a restaurant (cf. 200512060005), and there was an American contractor, Ronald Schulz, kidnapped that appeared to be on this date, but further evidence showed that it was in November. Concerning this incident, the news sources seem to think it was two policewomen who carried out the attack, but Al Qaida's claim of responsibility mentions two men. A U.S. contractor was hurt in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 36 Fatalities / 72 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 72
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sameer N. Yacoub, “Suicide bombers hit Baghdad police academy; American reported kidnapped,” The Associated Press, December 6, 2005.
"Iraq suicide bombing kills 36 police in election run-up,” Agence France Presse, December 6, 2005."
“Al-Qaeda claims Baghdad police attack,” Agence France Presse, December 6, 2005