Incident Summary:

11/10/2008: On Monday, after the roadside bomb went of targeting a minibus full of school girls, a suicide bomber mingled among rescuers and stunned bystanders, and detonated an explosive belt which probably accounted for most of the casualties. The attack killed 31 people and wounded 71. Police officials giving the toll were unclear how many died in each blast. Nearby storefronts were shattered and a dozen cars were set on fire. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on al Qaeda in Iraq.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the district of Azamiyah.

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 Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 71 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 71
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Associated Press / AP, "Twin bombs kill 31 in Baghdad," Associated Press / AP, Novemer 10, 2008."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "20 Civilians, Five Children, Four Soldiers, Two Police Officers Killed, 65 Civilians, Including Several Children, Three Soldiers, Three Police Officers Wounded in VBIED and IED Attack by Suspected ISI in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 20, 2009."