Incident Summary:

05/20/2009: On Wednesday evening at approximately 1900, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded near several restaurants in the Shiite neighborhood of Shu'lah in the Al Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq, killing thirty eight civilians, three Iraqi soldiers, injuring eighty three civilians, destroying one building; damaging about eleven vehicles and four nearby shops. 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 incident took place near several restaurants in the Shu'lah neighborhood in Baghdad, 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 the attack.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne 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
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 41 Fatalities / 83 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 41
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 83
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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