Incident Summary:

07/31/2009: On Friday afternoon at about 1300, in Baghdad, Iraq, assailants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near the Al-Shurufi Mosque in the Ash Sha’b neighborhood, killing 24 people, wounding 107 others and damaging the mosque. There was no motive reported and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) is being blamed for the attack. This is one of six coordinated bombings that occurred in Baghdad targeting Shia mosques.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place in the Ash Sha'b neighborhood of Baghdad.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Al-Shurufi Mosque
Nationality of Target Iraq
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 24 Fatalities / 107 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 107
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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"Agence France Presse, "28 Killed as Baghdad Shiite Mosques Bombed," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, July 31, 2009."
"Associated Press Worldstream, "Police: 28 Killed in Bombings Near Baghdad Mosques," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, July 31, 2009."