Incident Summary:

11/12/2003: A truck packed with explosives was driven into an Italian military compound in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq, by suicide bombers, killing 27 and injuring at least 80 others. 17 Italians died and 20 others were injured in the bombing. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Dhi Qar


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I)
Specific Description An Italian military compound in Nasiriyah
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Twenty-six Killed in Bombing at Italian Post in Iraq: U.S. Uses 'Hammer' to Try to Halt Attacks,” The Seattle Times, November 13, 2003."
"Alec Russel and Antoin La Guardia, "Suicide Bombers Kill Eighteen Italians in Compound President Orders Quicker Handover to Iraqis Bush Speeds Up The Exit Strategy,” The Daily Telegraph, November 13, 2003."
Peter Popham and Mustafa Alrawi, “Suicide Bomb Kills Twenty-Five At Italian Military Base in Iraq,” The Independent, November 13, 2003.