Incident Summary:

09/29/2013: Two suicide bombers driving explosives-laden vehicles detonated outside Asayia Security Headquarters while four suicide bombers attempted to enter the compound in Arbil city, Arbil governorate, Iraq. In addition to the six suicide bombers, at least six security force members were killed and another 31 people were injured in the attack. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was in response to remarks made by Massoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Barzani offered support to the Shia-led government in Baghdad and to Kurdish militias in Syria.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Kurdish Asayish
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
Two suicide car bombers, four suicide bombers (did not detonate), multiple grenades, and multiple firearms 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 31 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 31
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Wave of Bomb Blasts Rock Iraqi Capital, Killing 30," Time, October 7, 2013."
"Explosions rock Iraqi Kurdish capital," Al Jazeera, September 29, 2013."
"Deadly blasts Iraqi city of Irbil," BBC, September 29, 2013."