Incident Summary:

07/18/2006: The Mujahideen Shura Council detonated a suicide car bomb close to a Shiia shrine in the town of Kufa, Iraq, south of Baghdad. The car bomb killed 59, wounded 139 civilians, destroyed 6 cars and 2 restaurants.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kufa

Location Details:
150 km south of Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description people in Shi ih community
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
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 Two days after the blast, the Mujahideen Shura Council posted a message claiming their involvement of the attack on a website mainly used by Sunni insurgents blog.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedeen Shura Council Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 59 Fatalities / 132 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 59
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 132
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Al-Qaeda group says bomb was meant for Shi is"
"Al-Kufah Bombing Casualties Reach 59 Dead, 132 Wounded"