Incident Summary:

08/14/2007: Four coordinated vehicle bombs killed at least 500 and and injured 1500 in the towns of Qahtaniya and Jazeera, Iraq. The blasts targeted minority Yazidis, who speak a dialect of Kurdish and follow a pre-Islamic religion. The exact locations of the explosions within each town were not reported, but rescue workers report that 80 percent of the villages were destroyed or damaged. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities blamed al Qaida in Iraq.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Near Mosul

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Qahtaniya residents
Specific Description Yazidi minorities, who speak a dialect of Kurdish and practice a pre-Islamic religion
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
Four vehicles detonated, but reports are mixed as to whether they were all tanker trucks or three cars and one tanker truck.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 250 Fatalities / 750 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 250
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 750
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Cave, Damien and James Glanz, "Toll in Iraq Bombings Is Raised to More Than 500," The New York Times, August 22, 2007.
Cave, Damien, Qais Mizher, Ahmad Fadam, Abdul Razzaq al-Saiedi, Khalid al-Ansary and Diana Oliva Cave, “4 Truck Bombs Kill 190 in Kurdish Area of Iraq,” The New York Times, August 15, 2007.
“Iraq Mosul bombings: conflicting reports on death toll, US official accuses Al Qa'idah,” BBC Monitoring Middle East- Political, August 15, 2007.