Incident Summary:

01/19/2006: In one of two nearly simultaneous bombings, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in a Baghdad, Iraq cafe, killing at least 23 and wounding at least 26. Most of those dead and injured were civilians, though a few were police officers, and it is possible that the bomber was targeting these officers. The explosion damaged a number of cars and shops as well. The identity of the perpetrator of this attack was unknown.




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: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Coffee shop
Nationality of Target Iraq
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The blast rocked a nearby restaurant.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sinan Salaheddin, “Fatal Blasts at Baghdad Café,” The Daily Telegraph, January 21, 2006.
Robert Worth, “Bombings in Baghdad Target Iraq Police Unit,” The International Herald Tribune, January 20, 2006.
Sinan Salaheddin, “Simultaneous Suicide, Roadside Bombings Kill at Least 16 Iraqis in Baghdad,” The Associated Press, January 19, 2006.