Incident Summary:

06/20/2009: On Saturday afternoon at 1300, in Tuz Khurmatu, At Ta'mim, Iraq, a suicide bomber, driving a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, attacked the Shia Al-Rasul Mosque as worshippers were departing noon prayers, killing 82 civilians, wounding 211 others, and damaging between 30-50 homes, several shops, two dozen cars, and the mosque. A truck, carrying over an estimated ton of explosives was used as the VBIED. There was no motive reported and no group claimed responsibility, but it was widely believed that the Islamic State of Iraq perpetrated this attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Taza Khurmatu

Location Details:
The attack took place in Taza Khurmatu.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Al-Rasul Mosque
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
One ton of explosives in 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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 83 Fatalities / 211 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 83
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 211
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
National Counterterrorism Center, "47 Civilians, 35 Children Killed, 211 Civilians Including Children Wounded in Suicide VBIED Attack by Suspected ISI in Taza Khurmatu, At Ta'mim, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 17, 2009.
Irish Times, "Truck Bomb Kills at Least 80 in Northern Iraqi Town," LexisNexis Academic, Irish Times, June 22, 2009.
Deutsche Press-Agentur, "Truck Bomb Kills at Least 25 People at Iraqi Mosque," LexisNexis Academic, Deutsche Press-Agentur, June 20, 2009.