Incident Summary:

05/14/2008: On Wednesday, an individual wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at a funeral meeting in the village of az-Zaydan near Abu Ghurayb, Baghdad, Iraq, killing 30 and wounding 20 more. The memorial service was for Taha Sulayman az-Zawbii, director of the Abu Ghurayb Industrial Preparatory School, who was murdered in front of his school the day before by unknown gunmen on a motorcycle. There were no claims of responsibility for the suicide bombing.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


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 Funeral attendees
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
A suicide bomber blew up his explosive belt in the attack.
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 31 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 31
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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