Incident Summary:

07/15/2008: On Tuesday, at 800, in eastern Ba'qubah, Diyala, Iraq, two suicide bombers detonated improvised explosive devices near a crowd of civilians waiting to enlist outside the Iraqi Army recruitment center at Saad military base, killing 33 civilians and wounding between 55 and 69 others. The second suicide bomber detonated his explosives shortly after the first attack as first responders attempted to help the injured. One suicide bomber wore an Iraqi Army uniform and the second was dressed in civilian clothes. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was responsible for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place at the Saad military camp in eastern Ba'qubah, Diyala, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Recruits outside the Iraqi Army recruitment center at Saad military base
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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
Two improvised explosive devices were 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 33 to 37, and the injuries for this attack from 55 to 69, 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 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 33 Fatalities / 55 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 33
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 55
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Thirty Three Civilians Killed, up to 69 Others Wounded in Multiple IED Attack by Suspected ISI in Ba'qubah, Diyala, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (January 20, 2010).
Agence France Presse, "Iraq Suicide Bombings Kill 37," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, July 15, 2008.
Hussein Kadhim, McClatchy Newspapers" Round-up of Daily Violence - Tuesday 15 July 2008," (July 15, 2008).