Incident Summary:

03/26/2010: On Friday evening at about 1800, in Al Khalis, Diyala, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated the improvised explosive device he was wearing and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded near-simultaneously in a public market as crowds were gathering for the announcement of final parliamentary election results. 56 civilians and three children were killed. 70 civilians and three children were wounded. 15 shops, three vehicles and one residential building were damaged. No group claimed responsibility, although the Diyala Police Department believed the Islamic State of Iraq was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place at a public market in Al Khalis.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was used in the attack. A suicide 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 60 Fatalities / 73 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 60
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 73
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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Jane’s Intelligence, “Double IED Attack Kills 52 in Iraq's Diyala,” Terrorism Watch Report, March 29, 2010.
"Gazette, "Iraq Bombing Death Toll Mounts," LexisNexis Academic, Gazette, March 28, 2010."