Incident Summary:

10/25/2009: On Sunday morning at 1030, one of two suicide bombers detonated at an intersection near the justice and municipalities ministries in Haifa street in the Al Karkh district in the As Salihiyah neighborhood in Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq. One of the vehicles was identified in footage, when driving up to the justice ministry building, as a white Renault truck with the logo of the Department of Water in Fallujah. The truck was loaded with two tons of explosives. A total of 77 people were killed, including thirty-five employees of the Ministry of Justice, and 360 were wounded including two U.S. contractors. The explosions damaged the Ministry of Justice building, one hotel, one embassy, 156 vehicles, and destroyed dozens of cars and smashed water pipes. The Islamic State of Iraq has claimed responsibility for the attack by posting the claim on the internet.




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Location Details:
The attack took place on Haifa Street in the Al Karkh in the As Salihiyah neighborhood, near the Justice Ministry in Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iraqi Ministry of Justice
Specific Description The target was the Ministry of Justice 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
A suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device (White Renault truck), with the logo of the Department of Water in Fallujah, was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200910250001). The available sources listed the fatalities for these attacks cumulatively as 153, and the injuries for these attacks cumulatively as 720 including three U.S. contractors, so these figures have been distributed evenly for these cases 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 77 Fatalities / 360 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 77
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 360
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Press TV, "Death Toll Rises To 147, Baghdad To Mourn Three Days,"§ionid=351020201 (October 26, 2009).
Press TV, "Twin Blasts Kill 62, Injure Over 600 In Baghdad,"§ionid=351020201 (October 25, 2009).
Press TV, "Baghdad Blasts Toll Passes 130,"§ionid=351020201 (October 25, 2009).