Incident Summary:

11/06/2012: A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a military base in Taji town, Saladin governorate, Iraq. The bomber detonated during shift change at the base while the parking area for the transport buses was crowded. At least 28 people were killed and another 40 were injured. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials suspected that Al-Qaida in Iraq was involved.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Fatality and injury counts vary considerably between sources. In addition, some sources state it was a car bomb only, others state it was a suicide bomber, and others claim it was a suicide bomber with a car bomb.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 29 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 29
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bombing At Iraqi Base Kills Dozens," The New York Times, November 7, 2012.
"Car bomb near Iraqi military base kills 33," The Associated Press, November 6, 2012.
"25 killed as car bomb targets Iraq army recruits," Agence France Presse -- English, November 6, 2012.