Incident Summary:

10/20/2008: On Monday night, gunmen from the city of Ramadi attacked members of the Sunni Al-Osan and Al-Ojan tribes in Jurf Al Sakhr. At least 15 men were killed and 40 others were wounded. The targeted tribes had formed an anti-Qaeda militia to oust the jihadists from their areas. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Jurf al-Sakhr

Location Details:
The attack took place in Jurk Al Sakhr, Babil, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The gunmen targeted members of the Sunni Al-Osan and Al-Ojan tribes, who had formed an anti-Qaeda militia.
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were 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 15 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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