Incident Summary:

10/27/2016: Assailants detonated explosive devices at the Al-Hara mosque in Rutbah, Al Anbar, Iraq. There were no reported casualties resulting from the blast. This was one of two similar attacks in the area on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Popular Mobilization Forces.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the west of Rutbah city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Al-Hara Mosque
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Mobilization Forces (Iraq) Abu al-Fadl Abbas Group No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Shia militiamen destroy mosques in Iraq’s Rutba: Source," Anadolu Ajansi, October 27, 2016.
"Shia militia avenges from Sunnis in Rutba: Iraqi leader," Anadolu Ajansi, October 26, 2016.