Incident Summary:

04/28/2007: Sixty-eight people were killed and 178 were wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded near the shrines of Imam Abbas and Imam Hussein, major Shi i saints, in Karbala Iraq. The bomb exploded as civilians were headed to prayer, there was no claim of responsibility.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Shi i Islam
Specific Description Shi is head to prayer in Karbala
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilains in the blast range
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
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 69 Fatalities / 178 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 69
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 178
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Abdelamir Hanun, “Car Bomb Kills at least 55 Near Iraqi Shi i Shrine,” Agence France Presse, April 28, 2007.
Thomas Wagner, “Explosions Rock Baghdad as Death Toll Rises from Karbala Attack,” Associated Press Worldstream, April 29, 2007.
Kim Gamel, “Car Explodes Near Shi i Shrine as Crowds Head to Prayers in Holy City South of Baghdad, 58 Killed,” Associated Press Worldstream, April 28, 2007.