Incident Summary:

08/19/2009: On Wednesday morning between 1030 and 1100, in the Ar Rusafa and Al Karkh districts of Baghdad, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) on an overpass near the Finance Ministry in the central Bab al Muazzam neighborhood. Simultaneously, assailants detonated a VBIED outside the Foreign Ministry near the central International (Green) Zone, killing 101 government employees, civilians, and children; wounding 552 government employees, civilians, and children; and damaging one overpass, scores of vehicles, three government buildings, at least one hundred residences including apartment buildings, one school, one hotel, and over at lease one hundred other buildings. Authorities discovered and safely defused two more VBIEDs near the Foreign Ministry. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) claimed responsibility, but authorities also blamed Baathists from the former regime.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place in the Bab al Muazzam neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iraqi Government
Specific Description The Finance Ministry building
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
Two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices were 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 82 to 101, and the injuries for this attack from 310 to 1,203, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 102 Fatalities / 552 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 102
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 552
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Voice of Iraq, "Footage of "Confessions" by Wednesday Bombings' Prime Suspect Broadcast," (August 23, 2009).
National Counterterrorism Center, "101 Government Employees, Civilians, and Children Killed, 1,203 Government Employees, Civilians, and Children Wounded in Suicide Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device and Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device Attacks by Islamic State of Iraq in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 13, 2010.
Elizabeth Arrott, "Baghdad Blasts Kill Ninety-Five," (August 19, 2009).