Incident Summary:

03/10/2008: A blast ripped through a hotel in the 'cultural hub' of Sulaimaniyah in the autonomous northern Kurdish region, Iraq. A booby-trapped car was detonated by a suicide bomber at around 7pm killing two people, the bomber and a security guard, and wounding 30 more. Several vehicles were damaged and the concrete walls bordering the hotel were also damaged. The explosion's suspected purpose was to get attention during a meeting of Arab parliamentarians in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region, considered to symbolize unity between Arabs and Kurds according to Iraqi officials. No group has 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: Business
Name of Entity Business
Specific Description Kurdish Hotel.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Kurdish civilians within Iraq.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hannah Allam, "Barrage of attacks kills 16; including 5 U.S. troops, in Iraq," Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, March 10, 2008."