Incident Summary:

02/13/2009: On Friday at noon, in Al Musayyib, Babil, Iraq, a female suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device she was wearing near a tent filled with Shia pilgrims walking to Karbala' for Arbae'en, killing 40 civilians including children and wounding 80 others. There was no damage reported and no group claimed responsibility, but the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was suspected of perpetrating this attack.

GTD ID:
200902130012

When:
2009-02-13

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Babil

City:
Near Musayib

Location Details:
The attack took place in al Musayyib.

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 Shia pilgrims
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 41 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 41
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Newsday, "40 dead in suicide bombing," LexisNexis Academic, Newsday, February 14, 2009."
"Associated Press / AP, "Female Suicide Bomber Kills 40 in Iraq," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press / AP, February 14, 2009."
"Associated Press / AP, "Female Suicide Bomber Kills 40 in Iraq," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press / AP, February 14, 2009."