Incident Summary:

12/24/2014: A suicide bomber detonated at military headquarters where Sahwa Council members were receiving their salaries in Madain area, Diyala governorate, Iraq. In addition to the bomber, at least 44 people were killed and 62 people were injured in the blast. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




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: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Sahwa Council
Specific Description Members
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 45 Fatalities / 62 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 45
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 62
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"1st LD: Suicide bomber kills 38 Sunni paramilitary members near Baghdad," Xinhua General News Service, December 24, 2014."
"Suicide bomber kills 21 in attack on anti-IS fighters in Iraq," Agence France Presse -- English, December 24, 2014."
"Suicide Bombing Kills 17 Near Baghdad," VOA News, December 24, 2014."