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
“Death toll rises in bomb near Shi i mosque in Hillah,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 6, 2005.
“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.