Incident Summary:

04/12/2006: A suicide bomber in a car sped through a checkpoint and evaded police attempts to stop it outside a Shi'a mosque in Huwaider, Iraq, and detonated his car as worshippers left evening prayers, killing 31 people and wounding at least 70 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 Sect of Islam in Iraq
Specific Description Shi i mosque in Huwaider
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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 There were disputes from different sources as to how many were killed or injured, as the number of dead likely rose.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Al-Sharqiyah: 25 'Martyred', 50 Wounded in Car Bomb Explosion North of Ba'qubah,” Baghdad Al-Sharqiyah Television in Arabic, April 12, 2006.
“Iraqi Shi i mosque bombing kills 26,” Agence France Presse -- English, April 12, 2006.
Sameer N. Yacoub, “20 Killed in Car Bombing at Iraq Mosque,” Associated Press Online, April 12, 2006.