Incident Summary:

06/21/2017: Assailants detonated explosives at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq. At least 100 people were killed and an unknown number were injured, while the mosque was destroyed in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL denied responsibility and claimed that United States aircraft were responsible for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Great Mosque of al-Nuri
Specific Description 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 Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 100 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 100
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"US, Iraq say ISIS blew up famous Mosul mosque," CNN Wire, June 21, 2017."
"ISIL 'blows up' Mosul's iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque," Al Jazeera, June 22, 2017."
"Report: Battle for Mosul in 'Final Stage'; ISIS Fighters Besieged in Area of '4 Square Kilometers'," Al-Sharq al-Awsat Online, June 23, 2017."