Incident Summary:

12/30/2015: Assailants, including three suicide bombers, attacked a joint security forces facility in Samarra district, Saladin governorate, Iraq. Security force members repelled the assault, killing 12 assailants. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Samarra district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Joint Facility
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Iraqi Volunteer Forces
Specific Description Joint Facility
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden belts 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 12
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Iraqi joint forces repel ISIS attack, kill 12 elements in Samarra," Iraqi News, December 30, 2015.
"State PAO: Iraqi Media Summary for 30 December 2015," Baghdad US Embassy Public Affairs Office, December 30, 2015.
"Iraqi joint forces repel Daesh attack," Islamic Republic News Agency, December 30, 2015.