Incident Summary:

03/09/2014: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden tanker truck at a security checkpoint in Hillah city, Babil governorate, Iraq. In addition to the bomber, at least 50 people were killed and 153 others were wounded in the blast. This was one of at least six attacks conducted by the same group around Iraq on March 9, 2014. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




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: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Al Iraqiya
Specific Description State Television Employees
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Checkpoint
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
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A minibus packed with explosives was detonated by its driver 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 51 Fatalities / 153 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 51
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 153
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq suicide bombing death toll hits 50," Oman Tribune, March 11, 2014."
"Deaths in suicide car bombing in Iraq," Al Jazeera, March 9, 2014."
"Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 52 in Iraq," The Gulf Today, March 10, 2014."