Incident Summary:

12/06/2019: Assailants opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators and set fire to buildings in Al-Khilani Square, Rusafa, Baghdad, Iraq. At least 25 civilians, including photojournalist Ahmed Mehna, were killed and 120 others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Popular Mobilization Forces (Iraq).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Rusafa neighborhood of the city in the Al-Khilani square.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Photojournalist: Ahmed Mehna
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Al-Khalani Square
Specific Description Square
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Protestors
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Assault rifles were used in the attack.
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Mobilization Forces (Iraq) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 120 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 120
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Probe to be launched into deadly shooting against Baghdad protesters," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 7, 2019.
"25 Killed, 120 Injured In Iraq,", December 9, 2019.
"Death toll rises to 23 in gunmen attack on demonstrators in Iraq's capital," United News of India, December 8, 2019.