Incident Summary:

11/24/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting buses carrying pilgrims in Shomali, Babil, Iraq. In addition to the assailant, at least 97 people were killed and 20 people were injured in the blast. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



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 Buses of Shia Pilgrims
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Shia Pilgrims
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden tanker truck 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 The victims included Afghan civilians, Bahraini civilians, Iranian civilians, and Iraqi civilians. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 98 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 98
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least 100 killed in ISIL attack on pilgrims in Iraq," Al Jazeera, November 25, 2016.
"Shia pilgrims among more than 80 killed in IS attack in Iraq," BBC, November 24, 2016.
"2nd LD: 80 killed in suicide tanker blast in Iraq's Babil," Xinhua General News Service, November 24, 2016.