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
"Press TV, "Bomb Blast Kills 30 in Iraq," (February 12, 2011)."
"Sabah al-Bazee and Ahmed Rasheed, "Death Toll Rises to 48 in Iraq Suicide Bombing," Reuters, February 13, 2011,"
Jane’s Intelligence, “Suicide Attack Targets Shia Muslim Pilgrims in Iraq's Samarra,” Terrorism Watch Report, February 14, 2011.