Incident Summary:

11/28/2008: On Friday, in Al Musayyib, Babil, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated the improvised explosive device he was wearing in a line of Muslims waiting to enter a Shiite mosque for Friday prayers, killing between eight and twelve civilians, wounding between fifteen and twenty three others, and damaging the mosque. No group claimed responsibility, although it was believed the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description Worshippers entering a Shiite mosque
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?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 8 to 12, and the injuries for this attack from 15 to 23, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 23 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 23
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Alissa J. Rubin, "Bomber Kills 12 at Shiite Mosque Before March Against a New Security Pact," New York Times (NY). (November 29, 2008)."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Twelve Civilians Killed,Twenty Three Others Wounded In Suicide IED Attack By Suspected ISI In Al Musayyib, Babil, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (November 18, 2009)."
"Sudarsan Raghavan & Saad Sarhan, "Bombing At Mosque In Iraq; Suicide Attack Before Prayers Kills at Least 12," Washington Post, The (Washington, D.C.). (November 29, 2008)."