Incident Summary:

11/15/2008: On Saturday evebubg at around 1720, in the Karradah district of Baghdad, Iraq, assailants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near the National Theater in the central Al Wahdah neighborhood, killing five civilians, wounding 23 others, and damaging 12 cars and several buildings. There was no motive reported and no group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the Karradah district.

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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 23 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 23
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Five Civilians Killed, 23 Others Wounded in VBIED Attack in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 18, 2009."
" McClatchy Newspapers, "Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Saturday 15 Vovember 2008," November 15, 2008,"
"Xinhua News Agency, "Three Killed, 23 Injured in New Bombing Attack in Baghdad," Xinhua News Agency, November 15, 2008."