Incident Summary:

01/02/2009: On Friday afternoon between 1400 and 1430, in Al Yusufiyah, Babil, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device he was wearing near a political campaign meeting and luncheon being hosted by a Sunni tribal leader in a meeting hall adjacent to his home, killing 30 people including tribal leaders, Sahwa Council members, and civilians; wounding 110 other people including tribal leaders, Sahwa Council members, and civilians; and damaging the meeting hall. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Yusufiyah

Location Details:
The attack took place in Yusufiyah.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was a campaign luncheon hosted by Sunni leaders.
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
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
Additional Information The majority of sources have the casualty count at 30 killed and 110 wounded. So for statistical purposes, the majoriy was used.
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 30 Fatalities / 110 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 110
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Twenty-three People including Tribal Leaders, Paramilitary Members, and Civilians Killed, Forty-two Other People including Tribal Leaders, Paramilitary Members, and Civilians Wounded in Suicide IED Attack by ISI in Al Yusufiyah, Babil, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 3, 2009)."
"Associated Press / AP, "Iraq Police: 30 Die in Iraq Suicide Bombing," (January 02, 2009)"
"MSNBC, "Iraq police: 30 die in suicide bombing," (January 02, 2009)."