Incident Summary:

05/14/2010: On Friday evening at about 1800, in Tall 'Afar, Ninawa, Iraq, assailants carried out a triple suicide attack at a soccer game. A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was used, and two suicide improvised explosive devices were used in the attack causing 25 deaths and 125 injuries. No group claimed responsibility, although it was believed the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tal Afar

Location Details:
The attack took place in Tall Afar, Ninawa, Iraq.

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 at a soccer match was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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 and an improvised explosive device 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities / 125 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 125
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jane’s Intelligence, "Suicide Attack Kills 25 in Iraq's Ninawa," Terrorism Watch Report, mAY 14, 2010."
"Press Tv, "Bomb Attacks at Iraqi Stadium Kill 25,§ionid=351020201 (May 14, 2010)."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Twenty five Civilians Killed, 125 Others Wounded in Suicide IED and VBIED Attacks by Suspected ISI in Tall 'Afar, Ninawa, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 11, 2010."