Incident Summary:

02/01/2010: On Monday morning around 1145, in Bab al Sham, Baghdad, Iraq, a female suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device, which she wore underneath her clothing, an abaya, near a rest tent being used by Shia pilgrims en route to Karbala', killing 32 civilians, six children, and three government employees and wounding 106 civilians and children. No group claimed responsibility, but the government believed the Islamic State of Iraq was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Bab al-Sham

Location Details:
The attack took place in Bab al Sham, 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 The specific target was Shia pilgrims traveling to Karbala.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A remote controlled improvised explosive device carried by a suicide bomber was 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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 32 to 41, and the injuries for this attack to be 106, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 42 Fatalities / 106 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 42
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 106
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"The Guardian, "Female Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens of Shia Pilgrims in Iraq," (February 02, 2010)."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "32 Civilians, Six Children, Three Government Employees Killed, 106 Civilians and Children Wounded in Suicide IED Attack By Suspected ISI in Bab al Sham, Baghdad, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 07, 2010."
"Voice of Iraq, "Hand Grenade Wounds Twelve Pilgrims in Baghdad," LexisNexis Academic, Voice of Iraq, February 02, 2010."