Incident Summary:

12/11/2008: On Thursday afternoon, at 1350, in Kirkuk, At Ta'mim, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest and killed at least 55 people and wounded 120 in a packed restaurant where Kurdish officials and Arab tribal leaders were trying to reconcile their differences over control of the oil-rich region. After arrests were made, those arrested confessed to the attack and claimed responsibility for the Islamic State of Iraq.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kirkuk

Location Details:
The attack took place at the Abdullah restaurant near the city of Kirkuk.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Abdullah Restaurant
Specific Description Restaurant
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 56 Fatalities / 120 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 56
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 120
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
" McClatchy Newspapers, "Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Thursday 11 December 2008," (December 11, 2008)"
"BBC Monitoring Middle East, "Iraqi Police Arrest Masterminds of Kirkuk Suicide Blast," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Middle East, December 22. 2008."
"Associated Press Worldstream, "55 dead in bombing at restaurant in Iraq," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, December 11, 2008."