Incident Summary:

08/07/2009: On Friday afternoon at 1300, in Shirakhan, Ninawa, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near a Shiite Turkmen mosque as worshippers were leaving a joint prayer and funeral service, killing 39 civilians, wounding 276 others, and destroying the mosque and a dozen surrounding houses. There was no motive reported and no group claimed responsibility, but authorities suspected the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place in Shirakhan, Ninawa.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shiite Turkmen Mosque
Specific Description A Shiite Turkmen mosque
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages 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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A suicide vehicle-borne 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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 36 to 39, and the injuries for this attack from 72 to 276, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 40 Fatalities / 276 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 276
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"National Counterterrorism Center, "39 Civilians Killed, 276 Others Wounded in Suicide VBIED Attack by Suspected ISI in Shirakhan, Ninawa, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 12, 2010."
", "Toll from Mosul Mosque Blast on Rise,"§ionid=351020201 (August 07, 2009)."