22 February 2006 al-Askari Mosque
This article is about the bombing that took
place in 2006. For the later bombing see
2007 al-Askari Mosque bombing
Al-Askari Mosque 2006 bombing
The Al-Askari Mosque in 1916.
February 22, 2006
Perpetrator(s) Al-Qaeda in Iraq (presumed)
The 2006 al-Askari Mosque bombing oc-
curred at the al-Askari Mosque in the Iraqi
city of Samarra, on February 22, 2006, at
about 6:55 a.m. local time (0355 UTC). The
attack on the mosque, one of the holiest sites
in Shi’a Islam, is believed to have been
caused by Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Although no in-
juries occurred in the blasts, the mosque was
The bombing was followed by retaliatory
violence with over a hundred dead bodies be-
ing found the next day and at least 379
people dying the days following the bomb-
On February 22, 2006, at 6:55 a.m. (0355
explosions occurred at
Mosque, effectively destroying its golden
dome and severely damaging the mosque.
The Mosque after the first boming, 2006.
Several men, one wearing military uniforms,
had earlier entered the mosque, tied up the
guards there and set explosives, resulting in
the blast. Two bombs were set off by
five to seven men dressed as personnel
of the Iraqi special forces who entered the
shrine during the morning.
No injuries were reported following the
bombing. However, the northern wall of the
shrine was damaged by the bombs, causing
the dome to collapse and destroying three-
quarters of the structure along with it.
Following the blast, American and Iraqi
forces surrounded the shrine and began
searching houses in the area. Five police of-
ficers responsible for protecting the mosque
were taken into custody.
The dome had been repaired by April 2009
and the shrine reopened to visitors.
No group immediately claimed responsibility
for the attack on the mosque.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq
Although Al-Qaeda i