Incident Summary:

05/01/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a bus station in Samawah, Muthanna, Iraq. This was one of two coordinated suicide attacks in the area on the same day. In addition to the assailants, at least 33 people were killed and 63 people were injured in both events. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




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: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bus Station
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
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 represent a division of a cumulative total of killed and injured across incidents 201605010007 and 201605010025. Casualty numbers 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: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 31 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 31
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3rd LD: Up to 33 killed in twin car bomb explosions in southern Iraq," Xinhua General News Service, May 1, 2016.
"Iraq car bombings: Isis claims responsibility after two blasts kill at least 18 people in city of Samawa," The Independent, May 1, 2016.
"Deadly twin car bombings hit southern Iraq's Samawah," Deutsche Welle, May 1, 2016.