2003 Karbala bombings
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|2003 Karbala bombings|
|Date||December 27, 2003|
|Target||Coalition military barracks|
|Deaths||5 Bulgarian soldiers|
2 Thai soldiers
7 Iraqi policemen
5 Iraqi civilians
|200+ injured (including 36 coalition soldiers)|
Bulgarian guards at the perimeter of their forward base at the University of Karbala shot the suicide bomber as the gasoline tanker bore down on the front entrance. Nevertheless, the bomb exploded about 50 feet from the base's main building, killing four Bulgarian soldiers and wounding 27 others, one of whom died from his injuries on the next day. The Bulgarian Army chief of staff, Nikola Kolev, said that they expected attacks because Karbala had been suspiciously peaceful.
In the attack on the Thai Army camp the bomber killed two Thai soldiers and wounded five others when he rammed his vehicle into the walls. The Thais were confident enough about their security that they planned to send 200 Thai civilians to visit their troops.
In the double attack on the police station seven Iraqi policemen and five civilians were killed. Five American soldiers were among the wounded.