Incident Summary:

03/14/2013: A suicide bomber and several assailants attempted to storm the Ministry of Justice building in Salhiyah area, Baghdad city, Baghdad governorate, Iraq. The suicide bomber was stopped, causing him to detonate, and the remaining attackers were killed. This was one of four coordinated attacks targeting government buildings in the area on the same day. Sources speculate that the other three attacks were carried out in order to distract security while the bomber and gunmen stormed the Ministry of Justice. Two perpetrators and 30 other people were killed across all incidents and another 50 were injured. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the incidents, claiming the attacks were designed to avenge Sunni women in prison.




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Location Details:
Incident occurred in Salhiyah area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iraqi Ministry of Justice
Specific Description Building
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)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Police or military uniforms and a suicide vest were 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. Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of the number killed and wounded covering incidents 201303140001, 201303140002, 201303140003, and 201303140004.
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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Baghdad ministry bombings kill 12," BBC, March 14, 2013.
"At Least 18 Killed in Baghdad Attacks," New York Times, March 14, 2013.
"Series of deadly blasts hits central Baghdad," Al Jazeera, March 14, 2013.