The explosions happened when many worshippers were leaving the Buratha Mosque after Friday prayers. The bombers, two of whom were dressed as women, managed to get through the mosque's security checkpoints.
The first suicide bomber detonated after passing through the women's security checkpoint, and entering the mosque. While the second suicide bomber detonated inside the courtyard of the mosque. The third bomber detonated inside the office of Sheikh Jalaluddin al-Saghir, a member of the Iraqi parliament, in an attempt to assassinate him. However, al-Saghir was unharmed in the attack.
In the end the three bombers managed to kill 85 people, and injure 160.