Incident Summary:

01/15/2013: A suicide bomber detonated at a construction site in Fallujah city, Al Anbar governorate, Iraq. The bomber approached Efan Sadoun al-Essawi, a parliamentarian, and embraced him before exploding. In addition to the bomber and al-Essawi, two other people were killed and four more were injured. This was one of three attacks that Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for on the same day. They stated that they targeted the politician because of his connections to the United States and Shia. The group further described al-Essawi as an apostate and criminal




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


Location Details:
Construction site

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Council of Representatives of Iraq
Specific Description Efan Sadoun al-Essawi, parliamentarian
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Al Qaeda claims assassination of Sunni lawmaker in Iraq," Reuters, January 21, 2013.
"Al-Qaida in Iraq claims killing of Sunni lawmaker," The Associated Press, January 21, 2013.
"Iraqi Lawmaker, a Sunni Leader, Is Killed in a Suicide Bombing," New York Times, January 15, 2013.