Incident Summary:

04/29/2009: On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1630, two car bombs went off targeting markets in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, killing 45 people, injuring around 78, and damaging several stalls in the market. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place in Sadr Neighborhood of Baghdad, 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 Assailants targeted civilians in Sadr City Markets.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
Two improvised explosive devices (IED's) were 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
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 45 Fatalities / 78 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 45
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 78
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, "Car Bombs Kill At Least 41 In Baghdad's Sadr City," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, April 29, 2009.
Associated Press Worldstream, "Car Bombs Kill At Least 41 In Baghdad," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, April 29, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Forty Two Civilians, Several Children Killed, Seventy Five Children Wounded in Double Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device Attack by Supsected ISI in Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 28, 2009).