Incident Summary:

01/16/2013: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the offices of Massoud Barzani, a regional leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Kirkuk city, Kirkuk, Iraq. In addition to the bomber, at least 17 people were killed and another 90 people were injured in the blast. This was one of 14 coordinated attacks across Iraq and one of two coordinated bombings in the same area of the city on the same day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Outside offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
Specific Description Office of Regional President: Massoud Barzani
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
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
Weapon Details
An explosive-laden car driven by a suicide bomber was used in the attack.
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest estimates are reported here.
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 18 Fatalities / 90 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 90
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly suicide attackers strike Iraq's north," Al Jazeera, January 16, 2013.
"Wave of Iraq attacks kill 23," Agence France Presse -- English, January 16, 2013.
"String of attacks across Iraq kill at least 33," The Associated Press, January 16, 2013.