Incident Summary:

08/24/2008: On Sunday, between 2000 and 2030, in Zaydan, Al Anbar, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device near the home of a Sunni Sahwa Council leader who was holding a banquet celebrating the release of his son from the Camp Bucca detention center three days earlier, killing 19 Sahwa Council paramilitary members, 11 civilians, wounding up to 42 other people, and damaging the residence. Although no group claimed responsibility, guests reported that the son had argued with Islamic State of Iraq members while in detention possibly leading to this reprisal attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


Location Details:
The attack took place in Zaydan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Sahwa Council
Specific Description The home of a Sahwa Council leader
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used by a suicide bomber 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 21 to 30, and the injuries for this attack from11 to 42, 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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 31 Fatalities / 42 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 31
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 42
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Nineteen Paramilitary Members, Eight Civilians, Three Children Killed, Forty-Two People Wounded in Suicide IED Attack by Suspected ISI in Zaydan, Al Anbar, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 11, 2009)."
"Aswat al-Iraq, "Baghdad Suicide Blast Leaves 21 Killed, 12 Injured," LexisNexis Academic, Aswat al-Iraq, August 25, 2008."
"Deutsche Press-Agentur, "Suicide Bomber Kills 21, Wounds 12 at Banquet West of Baghdad," LexisNexis Academic, Deutsche Press-Agentur, August, 18, 2008."