Incident Summary:

10/31/2010: On Sunday, in Baghdad, Iraq, unknown assailants took a church hostage with up to 120 civilians inside. They were threatening to kill them if Al Qaeda prisoners were not released. The assailants detonated their vest improvised explosive devices when police attempted to storm the building. In the blast 46 hostages, seven police men, and five suicide bombers were killed, and 75 civilians, including 15 Army and police men, were wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility and the amount of property damage from the attack is unknown. The surviving hostages escaped after the bombing.

GTD ID:
201010310008

When:
2010-10-31

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Baghdad

City:
Baghdad

Location Details:
The bombing occurred at a church in Baghdad, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilian hostages
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 120
US Hostages Unknown
Outcome Combination
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An 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
Additional Information Unknown assailants took a church hostage with up to 120 civilians inside. The assailants detonated their vest improvised explosive devices when police attempted to storm the building. In the blast 46 hostages, seven police men, and five suicide bombers were killed, and 75 civilians, including 15 Army and police men, were wounded. Because of the fact that some of the hostages escaped the attack is listed as a combination outcome.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 58 Fatalities / 75 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 58
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 75
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Michael Christie and Maria Golovnina, "At Least Seven Hostages Killed in Rescue from Iraq Church," Reuters, October 31, 2010, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE69U0EK.htm."
"Xinhua News Agency, "Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility for Tuesday's Coordinated Bombings in Baghdad," Xinhua News Agency, November 6, 2010, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-11/06/c_13593320.htm."
"Reuters, "US Forces Say Up to 24 Dead in Iraq Church Attack," Reuters, October 31, 2010, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE69U0KC.htm."