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The 19 December 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.[1] 66 people were killed and 191 wounded.[2]

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


Zarqawi's group Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn ('al-Qaeda in Iraq') claimed that the group was not responsible for these attacks.[2]

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  1. ^ "Fast Facts: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi". Fox News Channel. Associated Press. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ 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.