Incident Summary:

01/18/2008: Unknown perpetrators attacked police posts and Ashura processions with machineguns and assault rifles in Basra and Niasiriyah, Iraq. The attack killed seventeen people and injured an unknown amount.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police
Specific Description Police posts
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Shiites celebrating festival of Ashura
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 unknown perpetrators are suspected members of a Shiite messianic sect led by Ahmed al-Hassani al-Yamani. The attack took place in both Basra and Nasiriyah.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 70 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 70
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 53
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Jacques Charmelot, “Blood and violence as millions mark Ashura in Iraq,” Agence France Presse – English, January 19, 2008.
Basim al-Rikabi, “Mosque raid ends southern Iraq bloodshed: police,” Agence France Presse – English, January 19, 2008.
“Shia cult in bloody battles in two Iraqi cities,” The Irish Times, January 19, 2008.