Incident Summary:

08/26/2008: On Tuesday, at about 1030, in Jalula', Diyala, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near a police station in the northeastern Hay al-Shuhadah neighborhood, killing 25 people, including five police officers, wounding 40 people, including three Iraqi soldiers, and damaging the police station. Most of the civilian casualties were police recruits waiting to join. No motive was reported and no group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Islamic State of Iraq was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Jalula.

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
Ransom 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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was used by a suicide bomber.
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 injuries for this attack from 40 to 52, 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Twenty-Five Civilians, Five Police Officers Killed, Fifty-Two Civilians, Three Soldiers Wounded in Suicide VBIED Attack by Suspected ISI in Jalula', Diyala, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 11, 2009.
The Washington Post, "Suicide Bombing in Volatile Iraqi Province Kills at Least 25," LexisNexis Academic, The Washington Post, August 27, 2008.
Associated Press, "Twenty-five Die as Suicide Bomber Hits Iraq Police Recruits," Associated Press, August 16, 2008.