Incident Summary:

03/06/2008: At least 55 people were killed as a double bomb attack in a commercial city took place in Baghdad, Iraq. The first bomb was roadside device that detonated in a busy market in the central neighborhood of Karada. Five minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a middle of a crowd that was gathering to help the victims of the first attack. One hundred and thirty others were injured all together. Al-Qaida in Iraq is being blamed for the incident.

GTD ID:
200803060005

When:
2008-03-06

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 Civilians
Specific Description Shi'I civilians living in the Karada neighborhood
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
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 Iraqi authorities have blamed the incident on Al-Qa'ida in Iraq.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 56 Fatalities / 130 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 56
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 130
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Mark MacKinnon, "Double attack rocks Baghdad; At least 55 killed, more than 130 wounded just as U.S. begins drawing down troops in capital," The Globe and Mail (Canada), March 7, 2008."