Incident Summary:

11/26/2020: Assailants raided Shilan massage parlor and assaulted workers in Karada, Baghdad, Iraq. At least two migrant women working for the parlor were injured in the attack. Rab'Allah claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that it was their "duty to stand against societal corruption" and to fight against those who are "inspired by the corrupt ideas of America and Israel." The group later denied responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Karada neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Shilan Massage Parlor
Nationality of Target Iraq
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Fire and batons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Rab'Allah (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq: Baghdad massage parlour attacked by armed group," Al Jazeera, November 27, 2020.
"PMF-backed group attack Baghdad massage parlour in fight against ‘societal corruption’,", November 27, 2020.
"Iraq Daily Roundup: Four Killed in Protest Clashes,", November 28, 2020.