Incident Summary:

12/22/2018: An explosive device detonated targeting a police convoy in Mekhas, Diyala, Iraq. An unknown number of officers were injured in the blast. This was one of two related incidents in the area on this date; this bombing targeted police personnel responding to an earlier attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Kurdish Asayish
Specific Description Convoy
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb was 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 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"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.