Incident Summary:

10/21/2016: Assailants and suicide bombers raided an unknown number of buildings, including police stations, mosques, government buildings, and civilian homes, in Kirkuk city, Kirkuk, Iraq. Security forces responded, leading to two days of clashes that continued until October 23, 2016. At least 34 people and 48 assailants were killed and 100 people were injured in the assault. This was one of two coordinated attacks in the area on the same day. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incidents and one captured assailant later admitted the attack was designed to draw attention away from the Mosul offensive.




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: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Kirkuk
Specific Description Buildings
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Kurdish Asayish
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests and sniper rifles were used in the attack.
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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Kirkuk Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 82 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 82
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 48
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers," The Nation Pakistan, October 23, 2016.
"Iraq, Kurdish Forces Kill 50 Islamic State Militants in Fighting at Kirkuk," Latin American Herald Tribune, October 23, 2016.
"IS strikes back in Kirkuk," The Age (Melbourne, Australia), October 22, 2016.