Incident Summary:

04/03/2007: A suicide car bomber killed at least 12 people and wounded 178 when he detonated his explosives outside an Iraqi government building in Kirkuk, Iraq. The government building and a nearby school were also heavily damaged by the bomb. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




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: Government (General)
Name of Entity Kirkirk Iraqi Parliament Building
Specific Description Parliament Building
Nationality of Target Iraq
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
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 The bomber drove the truck into the mainly Kurdish neighborhood of Rahemaw and blew it up next to the criminal and federal investigations directorate during office hours; The Kirkuk police chief, Turhan Yousif, said there had been extensive damage to the building and to the primary school nearby.
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 12 Fatalities / 178 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 178
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
James Hider, “Lorry Bomb Kills Children in School,” The Times (London), April 3, 2007.
Steven R. Hurst, “Truck Bomber Levels Iraqi Police Station in Kirkuk, Killing 15 and Wounding Nearly 200 ,” The Associated Press, April 3, 2007.
Christine Hauser, “Suicide Blast Kills 12 in North of Iraq; School Children are Among Victims,” The International Herald Tribune, April 3, 2007.