Incident Summary:

03/29/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden oil tanker at an Iraqi Police Service (IPS) checkpoint in Saytarat al Ramel neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq. In addition to the assailant, at least 15 people were killed and 45 other people were injured in the blast. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
201703290034

When:
2017-03-29

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Baghdad

City:
Baghdad

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the southern part of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Checkpoint
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
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden oil tanker was 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 16 Fatalities / 45 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 45
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Iraqi officials: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad," Financial Express, March 29, 2017."
"Suicide Truck Bomb Kills 15 at Iraqi Checkpoint," VOA News, March 29, 2017."
"14 dead in IS truck bomb at Baghdad checkpoint," Gulf Times, March 30, 2017."