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2004 Karbala and Najaf bombings
LocationNajaf and Karbala, Iraq
Date19 December 2004 (UTC+3)
TargetFuneral procession, Imam Ali Mosque
Attack type
Suicide car bombings
PerpetratorsUnknown, denied by Al-Qaeda in Iraq

The 2004 Karbala and Najaf bombings were car bombings that tore through a funeral procession in Najaf and through the main bus station in nearby Karbala—two Shia holy cities - on 19 December 2004.[1][2] 66 people were killed and 191 wounded.[3][4]


Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn ('al-Qaeda in Iraq') said that the group was not responsible for these attacks.[3]


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  2. ^ "62 Iraqis killed in Karbala-Najaf bombings". People's Daily Online. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Coalition Warfare, Part II: How Zarqawi Fits into Bin Laden's World Front". Terrorism Focus. The Jamestown Foundation. 2 (8). 28 April 2005.
  4. ^ Penhaul, Karl; Perry, Cal; Sadeq, Kianne; al-Mufti, Nermeen; Flower, Kevin; Halasz, Stephanie (19 December 2004). "Bombs in Karbala, Najaf kill 67". CNN. Archived from the original on 23 December 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2019.