Incident Summary:

05/21/2010: On Friday evening at 1930, during the height of shopping house, in Khalis in Iraq's Diyala province, 35 civilians were killed and 80 others were wounded when unidentified militants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in a market. The device was detonated near the headquarters of a police rapid response unit. Several nearby shops were destroyed in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at a market in Khalis in Iraq's Diyala province.

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 The targets of this attack were civilians.
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
Weapon Details
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 35 Fatalities / 69 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 35
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 69
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jane’s Intelligence, "VBIED Kills 30 in Iraq's Khalis," Terrorism Watch Report, May 24, 2010."
"Xinhua News Agency, "Xinhua: Up to 35 Killed in Friday's Diyala Bombing," World News Connection, Xinhua News Agency, May 22, 2010."
"Press Tv, "Bomb Blast in Central Iraq Kills 23,"§ionid=351020201 (May 21, 2010)."