Incident Summary:

09/14/2005: A rash of more than a dozen of bombs rocked Baghdad beginning shortly after dawn and continuing until about 4 p.m. The explosions took place mainly in the heavily Shi i neighborhood of Kazimiyah where laborers had gathered shortly after dawn. At least 160 people were killed and another 570 were wounded. A senior US military official said the bombings could have been retaliation for the joint U.S.-Iraqi sweep through the northern city of Tal Afar to evict insurgents from their strongholds there. Al-Qaida in Iraq posted a statement on a website claiming responsibility for the attack. However, the authenticity of the claim had not been confirmed.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Iraqi citizens
Specific Description Laborers in a heavily Shi i neighborhood 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 Unknown Explosive Type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq 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 160 Fatalities / 542 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 160
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 542
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Slobodan Lekic, “Series of bombings kill 160 in Iraq,” The Associated Press, September 14, 2005.
“Blasts, executions in deadly Iraq day,” The Australian, September 15, 2005.
Liam Christopher, “152 killed and 542 hurt on day of Baghdad carnage,” The Daily Post (Liverpool), September 15, 2005.