2008 Karbala bombing
|2008 Karbala bombing|
Location of Karbala
|Date||17 March 2008 (UTC+3)|
|Deaths||At least 42|
The 2008 Karbala bombing occurred on 17 March 2008 in Karbala, Iraq.
The suicide bomb detonated outside a cafe near the shrine. The bombings killed at least 42 people and injured 58. The dead include seven Iranians.
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, 80 km (50 mi) south of Baghdad. It is home to the Imam Husayn Shrine, one of the holiest sites of Shiite Islam. The city had seen several other suicide bombs in the past, including one in April 2007 that killed about 100 people.
There were two other insurgent attacks the day of the bombing, including a mortar attack and several suicide bombs, both in Baghdad. The attacks coincided with a visit by US Vice President Dick Cheney.
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.