Incident Summary:

07/02/2017: A suicide bomber detonated at an internally displaced persons camp in Vefa, Al Anbar, Iraq. In addition to the assailant, at least 19 people were killed and 13 other people were injured in the blast; the victims included Iraqi Police Service (IPS) officers and civilians. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


Location Details:
The incident occurred west of Ramadi

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 Officers
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq: 14 killed in suicide bomb attack in Anbar," Anadolu Ajansi, July 2, 2017."
"Suicide bomb blast kills civilians at Iraq IDP camp," Al Jazeera, July 2, 2017."
"Islamic State Identifies Suicide Bomber Who Killed 16 People in Western Iraq," Latin American Herald Tribune, July 4, 2017."