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, two people were killed and approximately 28 people were injured in this attack. This was one of two coordinated bombings in the same area in the city; officials believe that this explosion was targeting KDP officials responding to an earlier bombing. In addition, this was one of 14 coordinated attacks across the country on the same day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the incidents.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
Specific Description Officials
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 3 Fatalities / 28 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 28
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Wave of Iraq attacks kill 23," Agence France Presse -- English, January 16, 2013.
"Attacks kill over 30, wound 218 in Iraq," EFE News Service, January 16, 2013.
"String of attacks across Iraq kill at least 33," The Associated Press, January 16, 2013.