Incident Summary:

12/22/2018: Assailants opened fire on a joint police checkpoint in Bawa Mahmoud, Khanaqin, Diyala, Iraq. One police officer was killed in the attack. This was one of two related incidents in the area on this date. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Bawa Mahmoud

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Khanaqin district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Federal Police
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Kalashnikov automatic rifles and sniper rifles were used in the attack.
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) Diyala Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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 militants attack joint checkpoint, kill policeman in Iraq's Diyala," Kurdistan 24, December 23, 2018.
"Iraq: Daily Roundup on Iraqi Kurdistan Political Affairs 23 December 2018," Summary, December 23, 2018.
"Terrorism: Roundup of Official ISIS Messages for 23 December," Google, December 23, 2018.