Incident Summary:

11/24/2011: Three bombs exploded in succession in a market in central Basra, Basra governorate, Iraq. Two explosive devices, including a vehicle borne device, detonated simultaneously; the third blast followed shortly, once first responders had arrived. At least 21 people were killed in the explosions and another 80 people were injured. High ranking military and police officers were counted among the dead. No group claimed responsibility for the incident and specific motive is unknown.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A market in central Basra

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Armed Forces
Specific Description High ranking officers and soldiers in a market
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the market
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
One motorcycle bomb and two roadside bombs
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 number of dead and injured increased throughout the day; the total presented here was the last reported count.
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 21 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"19 killed in south Iraq bombings: officials," Agence France Presse, November 24, 2011."
"FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, November 25," Reuters, November 25, 2011."