Incident Summary:

04/14/2007: A suicide car bomber killed 37 people and wounded 168 in an attack near a holy Shi i Muslim shrine in Karbala, Iraq. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
200704140003

When:
2007-04-14

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Karbala

City:
Karbala

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Karbala Shi i shrine
Specific Description Burial site of Muhammad's Grandson
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 The Karbala Shrine is one of the main pilgrimage destinations for Shi i Muslims.
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 36 Fatalities / 168 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 168
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Staff, “Suicide Bombers on Rampage in Iraq,” The New Zealand Herald, April 15, 2007.
Celeste Katz, “Suicide Blast Kills 37,” Daily News (New York), April 15, 2007.
Alissa J. Rubin, “Suicide Bomber in Karbala Kills 36 Near Bus Terminal,” The New York Times, April 15, 2007.