Incident Summary:

01/04/2009: On Sunday morning at 1100, in Baghdad, Iraq, a female suicide bomber killed at least 35 people, including women and children, and wounded 65 others on a religious march near the holy Kadhimiyah shrine in northern Baghdad. The woman blew herself up at a checkpoint as pilgrims commemorating the Muharram ceremonies converged on the mausoleum of Imam Mousa al-Kadhim, the most important religious site in Baghdad for Shiite Muslims. Most of the dead and wounded were Iranian pilgrims. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Baghdad

Location Details:
The attack took place in 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 Civilians
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
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
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 36 Fatalities / 65 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 65
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sam Dagher and Mudhafer al-Husaini, "Bomber at Iraqi Shrine Kills 40, Including 16 Iranian Pilgrims," LexisNexis Academic, January 05, 2009.
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, "Female suicide bomber kills 40 pilgrims in Baghdad," LexisNexis Academic, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 4, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Twenty-nine Civilians Including Children, Six Police Officers Killed, Seventy-two Civilians, Seven Police Officers Wounded in Suicide IED Attack by Suspected ISI in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (January 4, 2009).