Incident Summary:

04/18/2007: A suicide car bomber crashed into an Iraqi police checkpoint at an entrance to Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq; the capital's biggest Shi ite neighborhood. The explosion killed at least 41 people, including five Iraqi security officers, and wounded 76. Due to the nature of the attack, authorities suspected Sunni militants were responsible. No claim of responsibility was reported.




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: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Shia Civilians
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Attack was a suicide car bomber
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sunni Muslim extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 42 Fatalities / 76 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 42
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 76
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Kirk Semple, "Bombs Rip Through Baghdad in Wave of Attacks, Killing 171," New York Times, April 19, 2007
Ahmed Rubaye, "Car Bomb Avalanche Slaughters 190 in Baghdad," Agence France Press, April 18, 2007
"4 Bombings in Baghdad Kill at least 183, at least 233 Dead Nationwide," Associated Press Worldstream, April 19, 2007