Incident Summary:

01/01/2008: A suicide bomber killed at least 36 people and wounded 30 others at a gathering in Baghdad to mourn the death of a retired Shia army officer.

GTD ID:
200801010008

When:
2008-01-01

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Baghdad

City:
Baghdad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Iraqi civilians
Specific Description Civilians attending the funeral of a slain Shia army officer.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 press was making comparisons to Al-Qa'ida's suicide-bombings of funeral processions in past years. Many of the victims were members of a Sunni tribal movement known as Awakening Councils.
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 37 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 37
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Solomon Moore, “2nd female bomber hits Sunni tribesmen in Iraq,” The International Herald Tribune, January 3, 2008.
The Australian (Australia), “Suicide bomb at funeral kills 32,” January 3, 2008.
Elena Becatoros, “Death toll from suicide bombing at Baghdad funeral rises to 36,” Associated Press, January 3, 2008.