Incident Summary:

9/30/2004: At least two car bombs exploded during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a water pumping station in Baghdad, Baghdad province, Iraq. A crowd of children had gathered to collect sweets from a military convoy and to watch the ceremony when the blast occurred. At least 41 people were killed; the majority were children. In addition, at least ten U.S. soldiers were wounded. The Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A water pumping station in Al-Amel neighborhood of Baghdad

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 A U.S. military convoy at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Baghdad
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians, mostly children, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Baghdad
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A least two car bombs, possibly three
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 One source states there were three car bombs while a second source states there were only two.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad 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 41 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 41
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Dozens of children killed in Baghdad car bombings in cap to bloody September," Agence France Presse, September 30, 2004."
"UPDATE 1-Zarqawi group claims three Iraq attacks - Web," Reuters, September 30, 2004."