Incident Summary:

05/15/2016: Suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles at the gate of a natural gas plant in Taji, Saladin, Iraq. Following the blasts, a number of suicide bombers raided the complex and detonated targeting gas reservoirs. At least 14 people and six assailants were killed and 20 people were injured in the attack; the victims included workers and security force members. 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: Utilities
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Natural Gas Plant
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 Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vehicles and 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack 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 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Dozens killed by Islamic State suicide bombings in Iraq and Yemen," UPI, May 15, 2016."
"1st LD: Iraqi forces foil multiple suicide attacks at gas plant near Baghdad," Xinhua General News Service, May 15, 2016."
"Fires extinguished at gas plant after assault by Isis," Morning Star Online, May 16, 2016."