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
Ransom 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
"UPDATE 1-Zarqawi group claims three Iraq attacks - Web," Reuters, September 30, 2004.
"Dozens of children killed in Baghdad car bombings in cap to bloody September," Agence France Presse, September 30, 2004.