Incident Summary:

06/04/2008: On Wednesday, at 1400, an improvised rocket-assisted mortar exploded in the northeastern neighborhood of Shaab in Baghdad, Iraq. The explosion occurred when the Mahdi Army attempted to launch the mortar from a vehicle. The explosion killed 18 Iraqi civilians, wounded 29 others, and caused significant damage to 15 houses and an unknown number of vehicles.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The explosion occurred in the northeastern neighborhood of Shaab in Baghdad, Iraq.

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 Civilians
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
Improvised rocket-assisted mortars were used in the 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
Mahdi Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 29 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 29
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Multi-National Force-Iraq, "Special Groups Criminals’ Explosion Kills Several Damages Houses in Northern Baghdad," Multi-National Force-Iraq,"
"Khaleej Times, "U.S. Blames Militia for Iraq Blast that Kills 18," Khaleej Times, June 4, 2008."