Incident Summary:

01/19/2007: Gunmen opened fire on the three-vehicle convoy in Yarmouk, a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad, Iraq. An American democracy activist was killed along with 3 security contractors from Hungary, Croatia and Iraq. Two others were wounded. The Islamic State in Iraq, the purported political arm of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Yarmouk neighborhood of western Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity National Democratic Institute workers with security escort
Specific Description National Democratic Institute workers with security escort in western Baghdad
Nationality of Target United States
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Attackers claimed to have used light and medium weapons and RPGs
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (suspected) 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 4 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Al Qaeda Group Claims Responsibility For US Civilian's Death In Iraq,” The Frontrunner, January 19, 2007.
Maamoun Youssef, “Al-Qaida-linked insurgents in Iraq claim responsibility for convoy attack,” The Associated Press, January 19, 2007