Incident Summary:

01/02/2008: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a checkpoint in downtown Baquba, capital of Diyala Province which is about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. According to Iraqi police, the explosion killed at least seven people including Abu Sajad, a leader of the local Awakening Council volunteer force, and wounding twenty-two people. According to U.S. military officials, the attack killed four people and wounded six while hospital and morgue officials put the number of deaths at four and wounded at twenty-three. There was also speculation over the gender of the bomber. Nearby buildings and vehicles were also damaged. The US military said the bomber jumped onto the hood of an Awakening Council patrol car and detonated the explosives, killing the driver and three others in the process. The attacker was an al-Qaeda supporter. Awakening Council consists of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, once an insurgent group, who have allied themselves with the U.S. military in an effort to decrease terrorism in Iraq.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Sahwa Council
Specific Description Leader: Abu Sajad
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 "Al Qa'ida in Mesopotamia, a homegrown insurgent group that American intelligence says is led by foreigners, has staged repeated attacks in Diyala against the Sunni tribesmen, known as Awakening Council members. Al Qa'ida in Mesopotamia is suspected in this attack. Since I was unsure how to classify the ""target type"" of Awakening Council members, I coded them as police."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 22 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 22
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Kimi Yoshino, “Bomber in Iraq town kills key Sunni,” Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2008, home edition.
Josh Partlow, “Suicide Blast Targets U.S.-Allied Iraqi Force; Leader in Sunni Group Among 4 Dead,” Washington Post, January 3, 2008.
Solomon Moore, “Attacker Bombs Pro-U.S. Sunnis in Iraq,” New York Times, January 3, 2008, late edition final.