Incident Summary:

05/10/2010: On Monday afternoon between 1330 and 1450, in Al Hillah, Babil, Iraq, assailants detonated two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) near a textile factory as workers were leaving for the day, then another VBIED as first responders arrived, killing 43 civilians, police officers, and fire and rescue personal, one politically affiliated person, and one journalist; wounding 157 civilians, police officers, and fire and rescue personal; and damaging the textile factory. No group claimed responsibility, although it was believed the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Hilla, Babil, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description Textile factory workers
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
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device and an improvised explosive device 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
Additional Information The available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 43 to 55, and the injuries for this attack from 157 to 190, and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred casualty figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 157 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 157
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"National Counterterrorism Center, "Fifty Civilians, Police Officers, and Fire and Rescue Personal, One Political Affiliate, One Journalist Killed, One-hundred and Ninety Civilians, Police Officers, and Fire and Rescue Personal Wounded in Triple VBIED Attack by Suspected ISI in Al Hillah, Babil, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 11, 2010."
"Right Vision News, "Nearly 100 Killed, 340 Injured in Iraq Attacks," LexisNexis Academic, Right Vision News, May 13, 2010."