Incident Summary:

02/24/2008: In Iskandariyah, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest he was wearing in the midst of a pilgrimage of Shiites on their way to Karbala to celebrate Arbaeen. Fortyfive pilgrims were killed in this attack, and 68 civilians were injured according to Iraqi police. The US military, however, says there were 40 deaths and 60 injured. These individuals were members of the Sadrist movement and it is believed that the perpetrators of this attack were members of al-Qaeda, and the motivation behind this attack was to have al-Sadr terminate the ceasefire he extended. Five suspects were arrested in connection with the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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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 A pilgrimage of Shiites en route to celebrate Arbaeen
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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 Five suspects were arrested in connection with this attack, although their group affiliation was not reported.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 64 Fatalities / 68 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 64
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 68
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Amit R. Paley and Joshua Partlow, “Blast Kills at Least 40 Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq; Fighting in North Intensifies; Turkish Soldiers, Kurdish Guerrillas Clash for Fourth Day,” The Washington Post, February 25, 2008.
“Death toll from Iraq pilgrim bombing rises to 63" Suna News Agency, February 25, 2008.
“Iraq arrests five over attack on Shiite pilgrims,” Agence France Presse, February 26, 2008.