Incident Summary:

12/12/2012: An inmate of Tasfirat al-Rusafa prison detonated explosives in an attempted suicide attack in the Rusafa area of Baghdad city, Baghdad governorate, Iraq. At least five people, including the bomber, prison guards, and at least one inmate, were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Qaida in Iraq.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The Incident occurred in the Rusafa area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Prison Service
Specific Description Tasfirat al-Risafa Prison Guards
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide explosive belt composed of lighter fluid and other explosives 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
Al-Qaida in Iraq No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Iraq attacks kill seven, inmate detonates explosives," Agence France Presse -- English, December 12, 2012.
"Iraq 'Qaeda' inmate in prison suicide bombing bid," Agence France Presse -- English, December 12, 2012.
"Suicide bomb attempt wounds 4 in Baghdad prison," Xinhua General News Service, December 12, 2012.