Incident Summary:

04/04/2017: Assailants, including suicide bombers, attacked an Iraqi Police Service (IPS) checkpoint in Zuhour neighborhood, Tikrit, Saladin, Iraq. Following the initial assault, the assailants also targeted police and civilian residences in the neighborhood. At least two suicide bombers detonated in the attack. At least 36 people, including five assailants, were killed and 42 other people were injured in the incident. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Zuhour neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Residence of Officer
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian Residences
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Multiple explosives-laden belts 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 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 36 Fatalities / 42 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 42
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide bombings kill dozens in Iraq's Tikrit," Al Jazeera, April 5, 2017."
"IS suicide bombers kill 31 in Tikrit," The Hindu, April 6, 2017."
"Civilians die in attack on Iraq's Tikrit," BBC, April 5, 2017."