Incident Summary:

12/24/2017: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Fadel al-Sabaawi along a road in Al-Rubeida, Kirkuk, Iraq. At least two people, including al-Sabaawi, a local Iraqi Police Service (IPS) chief, and his son, were killed in the assault. This was one of two similar attacks along Hawija-Kirkuk Road on the same day. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Police Chief: Fadel al-Sabaawi
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Kirkuk Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Islamic State claims responsibility for attack killing security personnel in Kirkuk," Iraqi News, December 26, 2017.
"Senior officer shot dead by unknown gunmen on Kirkuk road," Iraqi News, December 25, 2017.
"Senior policeman, tribesman, killed in two armed attacks in Kirkuk," Iraqi News, December 24, 2017.