Incident Summary:

12/31/2012: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a tent housing Shia pilgrims in Karadah district, Baghdad city, Baghdad governorate, Iraq. In addition to the bomber, at least four pilgrims were killed and another 16 pilgrims were injured in the blast. This was one of 19 coordinated attacks across the country on the same day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
Incident occurred in the Karada neighborhood of the city

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 Pilgrims
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 18
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 16 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 16
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Violence in Iraq Swells at Year's End, Leaving at Least 3 Dozen Dead," The New York Times, January 1, 2013.
"Iraqi security arrests 18, kills one in dragnet after bombings," dpa International Service in English, January 1, 2013.
"UPDATE 4-Bombs kill 23 across Iraq as sectarian strife grows," Reuters News, December 31, 2012.