Incident Summary:

04/07/2006: Three suicide bombers, the first wearing women's cloaks, struck first at the gate of a Shi'a mosque belonging to the Superior Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Buratha Mosque, where female worshippers are searched before being allowed to enter the mosque's grounds. In the confusion after the initial blast, 2 other bombers ran into the mosque and exploded a suicide vest, one in near the prayer leaders office and the other in the main prayer hall. Ninety people were killed and over 160 wounded in the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shi i sect of Islam in Iraq
Specific Description Buratha Mosque
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Imam of Buratha Mosque and member of United Iraqi Alliance
Specific Description Buratha Mosque imam, Jalal al-Din Ali al-Sahir
Nationality of Target
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 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 U.S. military blamed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qai'da in Iraq, for the attack. Al-Qai'da released an internet posting threatening the life of Jalal al-Din Ali al-Saghir, Shi i member of United Iraqi Alliance and imam of the mosque, prior to this attack, so it is thought he was the main target, which he reasserted after the mosque was bombed again on June 16. On April 11, al-Saghir had held al-Saghir Harith al-Dari and Adnan al-Dulaymi responsible for the Buratha Mosque Attack. --Unfounded rumors published in newspapers tied to the Sunni political parties have disparaged the Buratha Mosque with charges that it has been used for torture and secret prisons run by militias and renegade members of the Interior Ministry. --The first bomber was thought to be a female, but the gender of the others was unknown. After this person detonated, it is thought that one bomber went towards to the private office of Sheikh al-Saghir, the prayer leader, and detonated. Another bomber then went in the mosque's main prayer hall and detonated. --Reports throughout the week indicated a rise in death count as some wounded continued to die, eventually reaching ninety. --Iraq's interior ministry warned of possible attacks on mosques in Baghdad the same day.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 90 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 90
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Yacoub, Sameer N., “Blast at Shi i mosque in Baghdad kills 79 people, wounds more than 160,” The Associated Press, April 07, 2006.
Madhani, Aamer, “Dozens killed in blast at Shi i mosque in Baghdad,” Knight/Ridder Tribune News Service, April 07, 2006.
“Triple suicide bombing kills 79 in Baghdad mosque attack,” Agence France Presse -- English, April 07, 2006.