Incident Summary:

02/05/2010: On Friday around 1200 noon, three kilometers east of Karbala', Karbala', Iraq, assailants detonated two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in quick succession near large crowds of Shia pilgrims leaving the city following Arba'een observances, killing between 32 and 40 civilians and one child, injuring between 131 and 140 civilians and at least four children, and damaging three military vehicles. No group claimed responsibility, but Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claimed the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the al-Shibanat area of Karbala, Karbala, 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 Shia pilgrims
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
Two vehicle-borne 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
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 / 140 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 41
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 140
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Press TV, "Karbala Blast Leaves 42 Killed, Hundreds Wounded,"§ionid=351020201 (June 08, 2010)."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Forty Civilians, One Child Killed, 140 Civilians, Four Children Wounded in Multiple VBIED Attack by Suspected ISI near Karbala', Karbala', Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 08, 2010."