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

region/u.s. state:



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
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
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