18 April 2007 Baghdad bombings
|18 April 2007 Baghdad bombings|
|Date||18 April 2007 (UTC+3)|
|Target||Sadriya, Sadr City, Karrada, al-Shurja|
|Attack type||Car bombs|
|Perpetrators||Unknown: legal proceedings have not yet taken place.|
|Suspected perpetrators||Al Qaeda in Iraq|
The attacks targeted mainly Shia locations and civilians. The Sadriya market had already been struck by a massive truck bombing on 3 February 2007 and was in the process of being rebuilt when the attack took place. The bombings were reminiscent of the level of violence before Operation Law and Order was implemented to secure the Iraqi capital in February 2007.
The attacks came as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that Iraqi forces would assume control of the country's security by the end of the year, and they also came as officials from more than 60 countries attended a UN conference in Geneva on the plight of Iraqi refugees.
The first attack occurred when a bomb detonated on a minibus in the Risafi neighborhood of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding six. A parked car in the Karrada neighborhood exploded afterward, killing 11 and wounding 13.
A suicide car bomber crashed his car into an Iraqi police checkpoint; the resulting explosion killed at least 41 people, including five Iraqi police officers, and wounded 76.
One hour later, the deadliest attack was in the al-Sadriya market in central Baghdad, where a powerful car bomb killed at least 140 people and wounded 148, according to an Iraqi hospital official. The bomb was reportedly left in a parked car and exploded at about 1600 local time (1200 GMT) in the middle of a crowd of workers. The market was being rebuilt after it was destroyed by a bombing in February which killed more than 130 people.
Later in the day another suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Sadriya district of Baghdad killing two police officers and wounding eight.
- al-Shurja: Minibus bomb killed at least 4 people
- Karrada: Car bomb near private hospital killed at least 11
- Sadr City: Suicide car bomber killed at least 41 at a checkpoint
- Sadriya: Car bomb killed at least 140 at a market
- Sadriya: Suicide car bomber killed at least 2 at a checkpoint
- 3 February 2007 Baghdad market bombing, the previous bombing of Sadriya market
- CNN, Iraq orders arrest of top Army officer after deadly attacks
- BBC News, Up to 200 killed in Baghdad bombs
- "Player – Up to 200 die in Baghdad bombs". BBC News. 18 April 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- Associated Press, "Baghdad death toll climbs to at least 178, Gates describes attacks as 'horrifying'; U.S. troops nab 30 alleged militants "