Incident Summary:

11/06/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden ambulance before detonating his own explosives vest near the al-Askari mosque in Samarra, Saladin, Iraq. In addition to the assailant, at least 11 people were killed and 100 people were injured in the blasts. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201611060028

When:
2016-11-06

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Saladin

City:
Samarra

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the al Askari mosque.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Al-Askari Mosque
Specific Description Shiite Mosque
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden ambulance and an explosives-laden vest 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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Iraq: ISIL suicide bombers kill dozens in two cities," Al Jazeera, November 6, 2016."
"Nine killed in suicide bomb attack at Iraq checkpoint," Breaking News.ie, November 6, 2016."
"Suicide bombers in ambulances kill 21 in two Iraq attacks," ITV.com, November 6, 2016."