Incident Summary:

08/08/2008: On Friday, vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated in the Maolameen neighborhood market in Tal Afar, killing 21 local civilians. Sixty six civilians and five Iraqi police officers were also wounded in the attack. No claim of responsibility has been reported.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tal Afar

Location Details:
The attack took place in the Maolameen neighborhood market in Tal 'Afar.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were the target of the attack.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
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
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 21 Fatalities / 71 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 71
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Lexis Nexis, "Bomb Blast In Northern Iraq Kills at least 21," US Fed News, August 8, 2008."