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Najaf, Iraq--29 August 2003

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 29 August 2003

Location: Najaf, Iraq

Type of event: terrorism


At about 2:00 PM, twin car bombs exploded outside the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, killing 125 (although reports vary; some report only 83 to 94 killed). An estimated 700 kg of explosives was used, ordnance left over from the Hussein regime. Among those killed was Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, a Shiite leader. About 500 were injured. Four men, two Saudis and two Iraqis, were arrested shortly after the explosion, and another 15 were arrested in the next two days, including 6 Palestinians and other foreigners; initial reports link those arrested to Al Quaeda.

Consequences: 125 killed, 500 injured


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