Incident Summary:

12/17/2008: On Wednesday morning, at 1100, in the Mustansiryah neighborhood of the Ar Rusafa district of Baghdad, Iraq, assailants detonated a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) then detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) as first responders and civilians gathered to watch outside the traffic police headquarters. The blast killed two police officers and 15 or 16 civilians, wounded between eight and 18 police officers and between 25 and 47 civilians. The explosion damaged one police headquarters, 15 civilian vehicles, several shops, and residences. There was no motive reported and no group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place in the Mustansiryah neighborhood of Baghdad.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Traffic Police
Specific Description An Iraqi traffic police patrol
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
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb and a car bomb were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information There is a discrepancy between sources about the number of bombs detonated, one states that one bomb detonated, while the other was dismantled and the other two sources state that both bombs were detonated. There is a discrepancy between sources about the number of casualties, so the majority figures have been recorded. This is one of two linked incidents with the total number of casualties between the incidents combined into one report, so the total number of casualties have been recorded for event ID 1143108.
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 18 Fatalities / 65 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 65
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
" Official Website of Multi-National Force-Iraq, "Explosion kills 9, wounds 43 in Baghdad," (December 17, 2008)."
"Sudarsan Raghavan and Qais Mizher, "Iraqi Security Officials Detained; Interior Ministry Generals Among Those Arrested," The Washington Post, December 18, 2008."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Three Police Officers, Sixteen Civilians Killed, Eighteen Police Officers, Forty Seven Civilians Wounded in IED and VBIED attacks in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 17, 2008)."