Incident Summary:

01/14/2012: A suicide bomber disguised in a police uniform blew himself up at a checkpoint on the road to the Shia shrine of Al-Zubayr near Basra city, Al Basrah governorate, Iraq. The bomber was passing out cookies to draw people in and then detonated himself. In addition to the bomber, 53 people were killed and 131 wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Basra

Location Details:
Westbound on road going toward Al-Zubayr

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
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 54 Fatalities / 131 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 54
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 131
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadliest Iraq attacks since US pullout," Agence France Presse -- English, September 9, 2012."
"Explosion Kills Dozens of Worshipers in Southern Iraq," The New York Times, January 15, 2012."
"Violence in Iraq in the past year," Agence France Presse, January 14, 2012."