Incident Summary:

02/12/2011: On Saturday, in Samarra city in Salah ad Din, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest in a large group of Iraqi Shiite pilgrims, killing 48 and injuring 80 others. The explosion occurred as the pilgrims were attempting to board a bus at a bus terminal. Several nearby vehicles and buildings were damaged and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at a bus station in Samarra, Salah ad Din, 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 Iraqi civilians
Nationality of Target Iran
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 49 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 49
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane’s Intelligence, “Suicide Attack Targets Shia Muslim Pilgrims in Iraq's Samarra,” Terrorism Watch Report, February 14, 2011.
"Sabah al-Bazee and Ahmed Rasheed, "Death Toll Rises to 48 in Iraq Suicide Bombing," Reuters, February 13, 2011,"
"Press TV, "Bomb Blast Kills 30 in Iraq," (February 12, 2011)."