Incident Summary:

09/20/2013: Two explosive devices detonated in the Musab bin Omair mosque in Samarra city, Saladin governorate, Iraq. At least 18 people were killed and another 21 were injured in the blasts. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Musab bin Omair Mosque
Specific Description Sunni Mosque
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/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Two bombs made from air conditioning units were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq Sunni mosque blasts kill 18," Agence France Presse -- English, September 20, 2013.
"Iraq Sunni mosque blasts kill 16: police," The Oregon Herald, September 24, 2013.
"Bombs hidden in Sunni mosque kill at least 15," Columbus Dispatch, September 21, 2013.