19 September 2010 Baghdad bombings

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19 September Baghdad bombings
Date 19 September 2010 (UTC+4)
Attack type
coordinated bomb detonations, car bombs
Deaths 31+
Non-fatal injuries
100+
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq
Suspected perpetrators
Al-Qaeda in Iraq

The 19 September 2010 Baghdad bombings were a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad, Iraq that killed at least 31 people, in two neighbourhoods of the capital.[1] Over a hundred more were wounded.[2] On 24 September the Islamic state of Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack.[3]

Background[edit]

Iraqis blamed the political deadlock in their country for the attacks as Iraqi authorities are struggling to form a unity government since March 2010 elections which rendered no single bloc to form a majority win and hence depending upon each other for forming a coalition government.[2][4]

Further the attacks in recent days also coincided with the USA's decision to downsize its troops in Iraq and handing over the security to Iraqi forces.[2][5]

Attacks[edit]

On 19 September 2010 two car bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital almost simultaneously at around 10:10 am.[5] The first (and most powerful) car bomb exploded in the residential Mansour district killing 10 people.[4] The attack was in front of the local sales office of Asiacell (an Iraqi mobile phone company), although it is not clear if this was the specific target.[5][6]

Minutes later second attack occurred, in the predominately Shia neighborhood of Al Kadhimiyah.[5] Apparently aimed at an office of the Iraqi Federal Police and the National Security Ministry in Adan Square, it killed approximately 21 people and injured 71.[4][7] A witness described the attack; "It was a minibus – the driver stopped and told people nearby that he was going to go see a doctor, a few minutes later, it exploded."[5]

Perpetrators and aftermath[edit]

On 24 September Al-Qaida's the Islamic state of Iraq front group in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "31 dead after car blasts in Baghdad – World news, News". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Twin blasts in Baghdad kill 23". BBC News. 19 September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5itEQp3pTWeaepNIHFnZYu3DQFmgA
  4. ^ a b c "Twin Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 31, wound dozens". Al Arabiya. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "29 killed in twin Baghdad car bombs". Times of India. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dozens dead after Baghdad Car bombs". New york Times. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "29 people killed in Baghdad twin car bombings". Xinhua. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hwK_CSpBxsNuVUEaDuOwmSSCiqGwD9IEFOTO0

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