Incident Summary:

12/27/2008: On Saturday morning, between 1100 and 1200, in the Az Zahra' neighborhood of the Al Kazimiyah district, Baghdad, Iraq, assailants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) near a Shiite shrine, killing between 22 and 25 civilians, wounding between 50 and 54 others, and damaging dozens of vehicles.There was no motive reported and no group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Baghdad

Location Details:
The attack took place in the Az Zahra' neighborhood of Baghdad.

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 The targets were 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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 22 to 25, and the injuries for this attack from 50 to 54, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
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 25 Fatalities / 54 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 54
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Xinhua News Agency, "Death Toll Rises To 24 in Baghdad Car Bombing," Xinhua News Agency, December 27, 2008."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "25 Civilians Including Several Children Killed, 54 Civilians Including Several Children Wounded in VBIED Attack in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (November 24, 2009)."