Incident Summary:

03/09/2016: Assailants fired 60 rockets holding mustard gas at Taza Khurmatu, Kirkuk, Iraq. At least three children were killed and approximately 1,500 people were injured in the assault. 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:


Taza Khurmatu

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Tazah Subdistrict
Specific Description Subdistrict
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
Chemical Explosive
Weapon Details
Mortars and Katyusha rockets filled with mustard gas were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 1500 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1500
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq: Injury toll in ISIL toxic gas attack rises to 670," World Bulletin, March 13, 2016."
"Iraq begins push to liberate city in Anbar," The Gulf Today, March 19, 2016."
"Australia: Islamic State group chemical attack leaves Iraqi girl dead, hundreds affected," ABC Online, March 11, 2016."