Incident Summary:

02/24/2008: A roadside bomb detonated an explosive that killed four and wounded 26 Shiite pilgrims, all of whom were en route to Karbala to celebrate Arbaeen. No group claimed responsibility for this attack, although US and Iraqi forces believe al-Qa’ida was behind this attack.

GTD ID:
200802240002

When:
2008-02-24

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Karbala

City:
Near Karbala

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Shiite pilgrims
Specific Description A pilgrimage of Shiites en route to celebrate Arbaeen
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“40 KILLED IN SUICIDE CARNAGE,” Daily Record, February 25, 2008.
“Another explosion mars Shi'a pilgrimage in Iraq” The Star-Ledger, February 26, 2008