2008 Karbala bombing

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2008 Karbala bombing
Location of Karbala
Location Karbala, Iraq
Date March 17, 2008 (UTC+3)
Attack type
suicide bomb
Deaths At least 42
Non-fatal injuries

The 2008 Karbala bombing occurred on March 17, 2008 in Karbala, Iraq.


Karbala is a city in central Iraq, 80 km (50 mi) south of Baghdad.[1] It is home to the Imam Husayn Shrine, one of the holiest sites of Shiite Islam.[1] The city had seen several other suicide bombs in the past, including one in April 2007 that killed roughly 100 people.[1]

There were two other insurgent attacks the day of the bombing, including a mortar attack and several suicide bombs, both in Baghdad.[1] The attacks came during a visit by US Vice President Dick Cheney.[1]


No group has claimed responsibility. Iraqi 'officials' suspected al-Qaeda insurgents behind the bombing. The governor of Karbala province said the bomber had been a woman but gave few other details.[1]


The suicide bomb detonated outside a cafe near the shrine.[1] Mohammed Kadhem, 39, a witness to the bombings claimed that he "saw smoke and bodies."[1]


The bombings killed at least 42 people and injured 58.[1] The dead include seven Iranians.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Dozens killed near Iraqi shrine". BBC News. 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-03-29.