Incident Summary:

03/02/2004: Al-Qaida-associated suicide bombers targeted Shi'ite pilgrims during the holy month of Ashura. Four suicide bombers entered a two-ring security zone in the Khadumiyah District of Baghdad and three detonated their bombs (the fourth was captured before detonating his suicide belt), which killed at least 58 and injured 167 individuals. US officials believed the incident was planned by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

GTD ID:
200403020003

When:
2004-03-02

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Baghdad

City:
Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Shi'ite Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate pilgrims at the Imam Musa al-Kadham Shrine in Baghdad, Iraq.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Shi'ite Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate pilgrims at the Imam Musa al-Kadham Shrine in Baghdad, Iraq.
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Suicide bombers were employed in this incident.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 58 Fatalities / 167 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 58
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 167
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Tarek Al-Issa, “Pilgrims new focus of death squads,” The Advertiser, March 3, 2004.
Vivienne Walt, “Over 150 Killed in Iraq Blasts,” Boston Globe, March 3, 2004.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Anthony Shadid, “Shiites Massacred in Iraq Blasts; Attacks in Two Cities Kill, Maim Hundreds,” The Washington Post, March 3, 2004.