Incident Summary:

01/11/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at Al-Jawhara shopping center in Baghdad al-Jadeeda neighborhood, Baghdad city, Baghdad governorate, Iraq. Following the blast, additional assailants, including a suicide bomber, entered the shopping center. At least 12 people were taken hostage inside the building. Three of the hostages were killed while the other nine victims were released. Overall, at least 21 people, including three assailants, were killed and 50 others were injured in the attack; the victims included civilians and security forces members. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Baghdad al-Jadeeda area in the 9 Nissan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Shopping Center
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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 Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle, explosives-laden vests, and automatic 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 incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest 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 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 21 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen storm Baghdad mall, kill at least 18, Daesh takes responsibility," Mumbai Mirror, January 12, 2016."
"Dozens die in attacks on Iraqi casino and mall," Al Jazeera, January 11, 2016."
"Gunmen enter Baghdad mall after explosion that kills 7 - sources," Reuters UK, January 11, 2016."