Incident Summary:

05/29/2008: On Thursday morning at about 1045, in Sinjar, Ninawa, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device in a crowd of civilians waiting outside a police station to apply for jobs as police officers, killing 16 people, wounding 21 people, and damaging the police station. There was no motive reported and no group claimed responsibility, although it was believed the Islamic State of Iraq was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Sinjar

Location Details:
The attack took place in Sinjar.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Police recruits
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)
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from eight to 16, and the injuries for this attack from 11 to 21, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Qatar News Agency, "Sinjar police chief sacked in light of bombing," LexisNexis Academic, Qatar News Agency, May 29, 2008."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Fourteen Civilians, Two Police Officers Killed, Sixteen Civilians, Five Police Officers Wounded in Suicide Attack by Suspected ISI in Sinjar, Ninawa, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (January 29, 2010)."
"Stephen Farrell, "Two Attacks Kill 16 in Northern Iraq," New York Times, (May 29, 2008)"