Incident Summary:

07/07/2016: Assailants and suicide bombers attacked worshippers with rockets and firearms at the Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi shrine in Balad, Saladin, Iraq. Two suicide bombers detonated and a third was shot and killed. In addition to the assailants, at least 56 people were killed and 71 people were injured in the assault. 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) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Sayyid Muhammad bin Ali al-Hadi Shrine
Specific Description Shrine
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests, mortars, and 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Baghdad Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 59 Fatalities / 71 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 59
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 71
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq: Death toll from shrine attack rises to 56," Anadolu Ajansi, July 9, 2016."
"Dozens killed in 'Islamic State' strike on Baghdad Shiite shrine," Deutsche Welle, July 8, 2016."
"At least 40 killed as Islamic State suicide bombers attack Shiite shrine in Iraq," Washington Post, July 8, 2016."