Incident Summary:

10/05/2013: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives targeting Shia Muslim pilgrims in the Kadhimiya area of Baghdad city, Baghdad governorate, Iraq. In addition to the bomber, at least 42 people were killed and another 75 were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources speculated that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was behind the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Incident occurred in the Kadhimiya area

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 Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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 reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 75 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 75
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide bomber kills 20 Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad-police, medics," Reuters, October 5, 2013."
"Suicide bomber kills 20 Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad," Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2013."
"78 killed, 166 wounded in attacks across Iraq," Philippines News Agency, October 6, 2013."