Incident Summary:

08/20/2009: On Thursday, unknown assailants detonated two roadside improvised explosive devices in an outdoor market in Al Musayyib, Babil, Iraq, killing 13 civilians, injuring 130 others, and damaging the market. No group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The bombings took place in an outdoor market in Al Musayyib, Babil, 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 an outdoor market in the attack.
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Two improvised explosive devices 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 130 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 130
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Associated Press Worldstream, "Iraq: Two Killed in Baghdad Truck Bombing," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, August 21, 2009."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Two People Killed, Forty-Five Others Wounded in Double Improvised Explosive Device Attack in Al Musayyib, Babil, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 13, 2010."