Incident Summary:

03/17/2008: Forty people were killed and 65 injured when a bomb went off at a crowded cafe near the city's Imam Hussein shrine in the holy Shiite city of Karbala, Iraq. There was no claim of responsibility for 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: Business
Name of Entity Civilians at a café in a predominately Shi'I area
Specific Description
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Witnesses reported a female suicide bomber carried out the attack while Police reported a hidden bomb caused the explosion. The reports could not be reconciled
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
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 40 Fatalities / 65 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 65
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Qais Mizher “Bombing Kills 43 in Shiite Holy City in Iraq,” The New York Times, March 18, 2008
Liz Sly, “Iraq violence greets McCain, Cheney: Visiting senator, VP laud progress,” Chicago Tribune, March 18, 2008
Parker and Saad Fakhrildeen “At least 52 Iraqis killed in 3 attacks; The violence comes as Cheney and McCain visit the nation to celebrate U.S successes there,” Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2008