Incident Summary:

07/28/2008: On Monday, at least 25 people were killed and 180 to 185 wounded when suicide bombers targeted a crowd of Kurds protesting a draft provincial elections law in Kirkuk, At Ta'mim, Iraq. Up to two suicide bombers detonated their explosives during the protest, though source accounts are conflicting. Local sources confirmed that the attackers were women, though the U.S. military claims that there was no indication of gender. After the explosion, dozens of angry Kurds opened fire on the offices of a Turkomen political party, which opposes Kurdish claims on Kirkuk. There were no claims of responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place during a protest in Kirkuk.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Kurdish demonstrators were targeted in the incident.
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
Two suicide bombers were involved in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information There are discrepancies in the various sources as to the specific amount of people injured in the attack, these figures (180, 185) have been averaged to preserve statistical accuracy. Additionally, sources differed with regards to suicide bombers.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities / 183 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 183
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Lexis Nexis, "Death Toll in Kirkuk Blasts Rises to 25, Officials Comment - TV," BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political, July 28, 2008."