2007 Kirkuk bombings

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2007 Kirkuk bombings
Location Kirkuk, Iraq
Date July 16, 2007
8:45[1] – 9:05[2] (UTC+3)
Target PUK office and a crowded market
Attack type
Suicide bombing and car bombs
Deaths 86[3]
Non-fatal injuries
136[4] – 180+[5]

The 2007 Kirkuk bombings were a series of 3 suicide and car bomb attacks that occurred on July 16, 2007, in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk. The bombing killed 86 people with up to 180 injured.

The first bomb, which caused most of the casualties, exploded in a crowded market close to the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a Kurdish political party led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. The massive explosion left a crater several metres deep. More than 20 cars were destroyed and two buildings collapsed completely.

The second attack minutes later targeted a bus station at a nearby market in a commercial area called Iskan and wounded one civilian.

Several hours later, a car bomb exploded in southern Kirkuk, killing a police officer and wounding six others.[5] A fourth car bomb was discovered and made safe.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dozens killed in Kirkuk car bombs". CNN. Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Kerkük'te bombalı saldırı: 85 ölü" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Retrieved July 16, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Siddique, Haroon (July 16, 2007). "At least 86 killed in Iraq bomb attacks". The Guardian (London). Retrieved July 16, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Suicide bombers kill 80 in Iraq". UK: Channel 4. Retrieved July 16, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Iraq oil city blasts kill dozens". BBC. July 16, 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2007.