Incident Summary:

04/09/2008: On Wednesday, two mortar shells apparently fired by suspected Shiite extremists against U.S. security forces fell short and instead struck a funeral tent full of mourners and a house, killing seven people including three children, and wounding 27 in Baghdad's Sadr City, Baghdad province, Iraq. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The bombing attack took place at a funeral tent full of mourners and a house in Baghdad's Sadr City, Baghdad province, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I)
Specific Description American military troops were targeted, however the mortar shells missed their intended target.
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians in a funeral tent
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Two mortar shells were used in the bombing attack.
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 7 Fatalities / 27 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 27
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"CNN News, "Clashes in Baghdad's Sadr City Kill 20," (accessed April 9, 2008)."
"Kim Gamel, "20 More Iraqis Die in Sadr City Clashes," Associated Press, April 10, 2008."