Incident Summary:

08/15/2011: On Monday morning at 0800, in Kut, Wasit, Iraq, unknown assailants detonated one improvised explosive device and one vehicle borne improvised explosive device targeting civilians in a marketplace. The blast killed 40 civilians, wounded 68 others, and caused an unknown amount of property damage to the marketplace. No group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in a market in Kut, Wasit, 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 Civilians in a marketplace
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device and a vehicle borne 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
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 40 Fatalities / 68 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 68
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Press TV, "Scores Killed in Iraq Violence," (August 15, 2011)."
"Reuters, "FACTBOX-Security Developments in Iraq, August 15," Reuters, August 15, 2011,"