Incident Summary:

01/05/2012: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest next to a Shia pilgrim procession in Al Batha area, Dhi Qar governorate, Iraq. Forty-four people were killed and 70 injured in the attack. This was one of five similar attacks in Iraq on this date. No group claimed responsibility, but police attributed the incident to Sunnis.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Dhi Qar


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Shia Pilgrims
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 45 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 45
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3RD LEAD: 60 killed in series of bombings in Iraq Eds: Raises toll; adds attack in southern Iraq," DPA (Berlin), January 5, 2012."
"1 Shiite pilgrim killed, 10 wounded," CNN Wire, January 9, 2012."
"Bombings across Iraq kill dozens of Shiites; Wave of attacks comes amid political crisis; 44 pilgrims die in one blast," International Herald Tribune, January 6, 2012."