Incident Summary:

12/31/2008: On Wednesday afternoon, in Sinjar, Ninawa, Iraq, assailants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) near a public market, killing five civilians, wounding between 45 and 48 others and two police officers, and damaging several vendor stalls, shops, and cars. There was no motive reported and no group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Sinjar

Location Details:
The attack took place near the market area in Sinjar city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was a public market.
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
An improvised explosive device was 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 5 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
McClatchy Newspapersi, "Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Wednesday 31 december 2008," McClatchy Newspapers, December 31, 2008.
Reuters, "Factbox - Security Developments in Iraq, Dec 31," (December 31, 2008)
National Counterterrorism Center, "Five Civilians Killed, 48 Civilians, Two Police Officers Wounded in VBIED Attack in Sinjar, Ninawa, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 24, 2009.