Incident Summary:

4/17/2008: On Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of mourners in Bu Mohammad, Diyala, Iraq, killing at least 45 people at approximately 1100. The man detonated an explosives vest in a tent filled with mourners at a funeral. The crowd had gathered to present their condolences over the deaths of two members of a local group fighting Al Qaeda who were killed two days previously. There were no claims of responsibility for the attack, and the specific number of wounded is unknown.

GTD ID:
200804170016

When:
2008-04-17

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Diyala

City:
Abu Mohammed

Location Details:
The bomber blew himself up in the funeral tent.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Mourners at a funeral
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
The suicide bomber was wearing an explosives vest.
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 There is a casualty discrepancy (45 to 50 killed).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 46 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 46
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Lexis Nexis, "Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 45 in Northern Iraq," Agence France Presse, April 17, 2008."
"Agence France Presse, "Suicide Bomber Slaughters 45 Iraqi Mourners," AFP Google, April 17, 2008."
"CNN, "Bomb Blast Kills at Least 50," CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/04/17/iraq.bomb/"