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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
58


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

Background

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]

Details

The suicide bomb detonated outside a cafe near the shrine.[1] Al-Qaeda is suspected to be behind the bombings, though this is not proven.[1] Mohammed Kadhem, 39, a witness to the bombings claimed that he "saw smoke and bodies."[1] The bomber was confirmed to be female though few other details were given.[1]

Victims

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

References

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