Incident Summary:

10/05/2005: Unidentified perpetrators detonated two bombs, including a car bomb, at a Shi i mosque in Al Hillah, Iraq killing 25 people and injuring 87 others. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




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: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shi i Isam
Specific Description A mosque in Al Hillah
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Reports indicated that two bombs were used in this attack. The larger of which was a car bomb that detonated outside of the mosque. The second bomb was reported to be placed inside of the mosque.
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 87 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 87
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“At least 10 dead in anti-Shi i Iraq bomb attack,” Agence France Presse, October 5, 2005.
“Car bomb explosion kills at least 10 in Hillah, Iraq,” Xinhua General News Service, October 6, 2005.
“Death toll rises in bomb near Shi i mosque in Hillah,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 6, 2005.