Incident Summary:

10/15/2005: Unidentified perpetrators detonated two bombs, consecutively, in a market in Ahvaz, Iran killing four people and injuring 102 others. The homemade bombs were hidden in trash bins along Ahvaz’s heavily populated Naderi Avenue. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.




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 Ahvaz Businesses
Specific Description A market on Ahvaz's Naderi Avenue
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in Ahvaz
Nationality of Target Iran
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The bombs were homemade and had been concealed inside trash bins located along the street.
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 4 Fatalities / 102 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 102
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Bombs kill 4, wound 90 in Arab province of Iran,” Agence France Presse, October 15, 2005.
“Roundup: Four dead, 100 wounded in bombings in southern Iran,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 15, 2005.
“Official says three killed in blast in south-western Iran,” BBC Monitoring Middle East, October 15, 2005.