Incident Summary:

11/18/2005: Two unidentified suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack against two Shi i mosques in Khanaqin, Iraq. The bombers blew themselves up upon entering the mosques killing at least 75 people and injuring 90 others. No group claimed responsibility for the coordinated strike.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Worshippers at two mosques in Khanaqin
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shi i Isam
Specific Description Two Shi i mosques in Khanaqin
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 Associated Press reported that only one mosque was struck during the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 77 Fatalities / 90 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 77
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 90
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“At least 75 killed in Iraq anti-Shi i attacks,” Agence France Presse, November 18, 2005.
Chris Tomlinson, “Suicide bombers attack mosque in western Iraq, Baghdad hotel with foreign reporters,” The Associated Press, November 18, 2005.
“Iraqi Interior Ministry Tells Xinhua Blasts at Shi i Mosques Kill 56 in Khanaqin,” Xinhua, November 18, 2005.