Incident Summary:

02/11/2008: Two car bombs were detonated at a meeting of Sunni tribal leaders in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 11 and wounding 20. The attacks occurred just before US defense secretary Robert Gates left Iraq, though they are said to have been directed at the leaders of US-aligned Sunni groups. Though it has not claimed responsibility for the attacks, Al-Qaida in Iraq is strongly suspected.




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 Sunni tribal leadership
Specific Description Sunni tribal leaders meeting at the compound of Sheikh Ali Hatem
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 Vehicle
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
Additional Information The two attacks, the first of which was carried by a minibus and the second by a Volkswagen Golf, came within minutes of each other.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Ian Fisher, “Sunni leader seems to be target as 2 bombs in Baghdad kill 11,” The New York Times, Feb 12, 2008.
Kim Gamel, “Twin car bombs target U.S.-allied Sunnis meeting in Baghdad; as many as 22 killed,” The Associated Press, Feb 12, 2008.
Lauren Frayer, “Twin car bombs strike near powerful Shiite politician's compound in east Baghdad,” The Associated Press, Feb 11, 2008.