Incident Summary:

07/16/2005: A car bomb exploded at a gas station in Al-Musayyib, a town in Iraq’s Babil Governorate, killing 54 people, injuring 82 others, and damaging a nearby mosque. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Musayib

Location Details:
Al-Musayyib area, 40 miles south of Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Civilan(s)
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mosque in Al-Musayyib
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Tanker truck at a gas station
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
The suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt near a gas tanker, igniting it and causing a larger explosion
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
Additional Information The specific motive/target of this attack is difficult to identify, as the situation in Iraq at the time made it possible for multiple theories on the attack to exist. Sectarian religious violence suggests that the mosque was the target, while the insurgency in the country and the history of suicide bombers targeting areas susceptible to mass casualties and damage leads to the conclusion that this was another attempt designed to destabilize Baghdad.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 54 Fatalities / 82 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 54
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 82
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“‘At Least’ 58 Killed, 86 Wounded in Attack on Mosque,” Baghdad Al-Saharqiyah Television, July 16, 2005.
1. Robert H. Reid, “Bomber Triggers Tanker Explosion in Iraq, At Least 54 Killed, Dozens Wounded in Suicide Attack,” Bay City Times, July 17, 2005.
“Suicide Bomber Latest in String of Iraq Blasts,” Connecticut Post, July 17, 2005.