Incident Summary:

12/01/2008: On Monday, at about 1300, on Eastern West Bank and Gaza Strip Street in Ar Rusafa district of Baghdad, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated a ball-bearing packed explosive vest he was wearing in a crowd of police recruits leaving from classes at the Baghdad Police Academy. One minute later, a separate suicide bomber detonated his vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) targeting first responders. In total, 11 police recruits and five police officers were killed, 35 police recruits and 11 police officers were wounded, and several cars, two minivans, and the police academy entrance were damaged. No group claimed responsibility, although the United States military blamed the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place in Eastern West Bank and Gaza Strip Street in the Ar Rusafa district of Baghdad.

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
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosive vest and a vehicle-borne IED were used 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
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 17 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "16 Police Officers Killed, 46 Others Wounded in Suicide IED and VBIED Attack by Suspected ISI in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 01, 2008.
Associated Press / AP, "Iraq: Bombs Kill More Than 30 In Baghdad, Mosul," Lexis Nexis, Associated Press / AP, December 01, 2008.
BBC Monitoring Middle East, "Fifteen Killed, 45 Wounded In Suicide Attacks On Iraqi Police Academy; TV Update," Lexis Nexis, BBC Monitoring Middle East, December 01, 2008.