Incident Summary:

12/17/2013: A suicide bomber detonated targeting Shia pilgrims in Mahmudiyah district, Babil governorate, Iraq. At least four pilgrims were killed and at least 13 others were wounded as a result of the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Mahmudiyah

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)
Weapon Details
A suicide bomber equipped with either an explosive vest or belt was used in the attack.
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bombings kill 10 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq," Associated Press Online, December 17, 2013."
"Militants kill eight Shiite pilgrims in Iraq," Agence France Presse -- English, December 17, 2013."
"Militants kill eight Shiite pilgrims in Iraq," The Daily Star Online, December 17, 2013."