Incident Summary:

"12/28/2008: On Sunday morning, at about 1000, in the Dawasa district of Mosul, Ninawa, Iraq, a suicide bomber riding a bicycle, detonated the improvised explosive device (IED) he was wearing during a demonstration organized by the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) against the "Israeli attacks in Gaza," killing four civilians, wounding 21 civilians, and damaging one bike. There was no motive reported in the attack and no group claimed responsibility."




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the Al Dawasa area in downtown Mosul.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was a demonstration organized by the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP).
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives were used in the attack. 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Agence France Presse / AFP, "Suicide Bomber Kills One, Wounds Several in Mosul During Anti-Israel Protest," Agence France Presse / AFP, December 28, 2008."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "One Child, Four Civilians Killed, Twelve Civilians, Nine Political Affiliates Wounded in Suicide IED Attack in Mosul, Ninawa, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (November 24, 2009)."
"Voice of Iraq, "Civilian killed, 16 wounded in Mosul bombing," (December 28, 2008)"