Incident Summary:

04/23/2009: On Thursday afternoon at 1430, a suicide bomber blew himself up targeting Iranian Shiite pilgrims in a restaurant in the province of Diyala, killing at least 48 people wounding 77. No claim of responsibility has been reported.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at a restaurant near the town of Muqdadiya, Diyala, Iraq.

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 assailant targeted civilians.
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives were 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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 49 Fatalities / 77 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 49
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 77
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Reuter's, "Factbox-Security Developments in Iraq, April 23," Reuter's, April 23, 2009,"
"Patrick Cockburn, "Two Suicide Bombs Kill at Least 75 People in Iraq," LexisNexis Academic, Independent, April 24, 2009."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Fifty Five Civilians, One Child Killed, Seventy Seven Civilians Wounded in Suicide IED Attack in Imam Ways, Diyala, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 29, 2009)."