Incident Summary:

12/25/2008: On Thursday morning, between 0800 and 0830, in the Shu'lah neighborhood of the Al Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) parked outside of a restaurant detonated, killing two police officers and four civilians, and wounding 25 others. The blast also damaged the restaurant, two shops, and several civilian vehicles. There was no motive reported and no claim of responsibility has been made.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place in the Shu'lah neighborhood of Baghdad.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was a restaurant.
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 6 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Four Civilians Killed, Twenty-Three Others, Two Police Officers Wounded in VBIED Attack in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (November 24, 2009)."
"Khaleej Times, "Car bomb kills four in Iraq on Christmas Day,"§ion=middleeast (December 26, 2008)"