Incident Summary:

08/17/2010: On Tuesday morning at 0800, in Bab al Muazzam neighborhood in the Ash Shaykh 'Umar sub-district of Ar Rusafa, central Baghdad, Baghdad province, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated his improvised explosive belt targeting an army recruitment center. A total of 57 people were killed and 123 were wounded in the attack, which caused an unspecified amount of property damage to the recruitment center. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after Iraq's two main political parties suspended talks over the formation of a new government and ahead of the withdrawal of the final US combat unit from the country.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place at an Army recruitment center in Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description The targets of this attack were army recruits.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An 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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 57 to 59, and the injuries for this attack from 100 to 123, 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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 58 Fatalities / 123 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 58
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 123
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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