Incident Summary:

02/03/2013: A suicide car bomb detonated outside of a police headquarters in Kirkuk city, Kirkuk, Iraq. The explosion was followed by an armed attack involving grenades and gunfire. At least 36 people died and 70 people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that Al-Qaida in Iraq was involved in the event.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Headquarters
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
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
A suicide car bomb, suicide vests, grenades, and AK-47s were 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 (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 36 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Dozens Die In Attack On Police In Iraqi City," The New York Times, February 4, 2013.
"Suicide attack on Iraq police HQ," BBC, February 3, 2013.
"'Many die' in Iraq police attack," BBC, February 3, 2013.