Incident Summary:

03/29/2011: On Tuesday evening, in Tikrit, Salah ad Din, Iraq, 10 suspected al Qaeda suicide bombers stormed the Salah ad Din council building wearing police uniforms and explosive belts and detonated themselves after firing upon government personnel in the council building executing three government staff members. At least 65 people were killed from the suicide bombing, 95 others wounded, and resulting in an unknown amount of property damage. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al Qaeda is suspected.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at the council building in Tikrit, Salah ad Din, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iraqi Government
Specific Description A Salah ad Din council building was targeted in the attack.
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Ten improvised explosive devices were 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
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 68 Fatalities / 95 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 68
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 95
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Agence France Presse, "AFP: Al-Qaeda Claims Iraq Suicide Attack in Tikrit," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, April 2, 2011."