Incident Summary:

12/25/2018: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at a market in Ras al-Jadah, Tal Afar, Nineveh, Iraq. At least two people were killed and 11 people were injured in the blast. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Ras al-Jadah

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Tal Afar district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ras Al-Jadah Marketplace
Specific Description Marketplace
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISIL claims deadly car bomb attack in Iraq's Tal Afar," Al Jazeera, December 25, 2018.
"Vehicle bombing in Iraq leaves 2 dead, 10 wounded," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), December 25, 2018.
"15 people killed, wounded in Iraq market explosion," Iraqi News, December 25, 2018.