23 November 2006 Sadr City bombings
|Sadr City bombing|
|Location||Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq|
|Date||23 November 2006
15:10 – 15:55 (UTC+3)
|Target||Shia Sadr City Slum|
|Car bombs and mortar rounds.|
|Deaths||At least 215|
|Perpetrators||Al Qaeda|
The 2006 Sadr City bombings were a series of car bombs and mortar attacks in Iraq that began on 23 November at 15:10 Baghdad time (12:10 Greenwich Mean Time) and ended at 15:55 (12:55 GMT). Six car bombs and two mortar rounds were used in the attack on the Shia slum in Sadr City.
Casualties and aftermath
The attacks killed at least 215 people and injured 257 others, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. Following the attacks, the Iraqi government placed Baghdad under 24-hour curfew beginning at 20:00 Baghdad time (17:00 GMT), shut down Baghdad International Airport to commercial traffic, and closed the docks and airport in Basra, Iraq. The curfew was lifted on 27 November.
The Shi'ites responded almost immediately, firing 10 mortar rounds at the Abu Hanifa Sunni mosque as Azamiya, the holiest Sunni shrine in Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven. The morning of 24 November 2006, the Associated Press reported that Shiite militiamen retaliated for the attacks, dousing six Sunni Arabs in kerosene and burning them alive. The Iraqi Army could not confirm the reports of Sunnis being burned alive, and found only one mosque that had suffered fire damage.
Timing of the attacks
On 16 November 2006, an arrest warrant for Harith al-Dari, a prominent Sunni cleric, was issued in Baghdad. Moqtada al-Sadr, the son of Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr and a controversial figure in his own right, called out on Friday for al-Dari to issue fatwas prohibiting the killing of Shiites, membership in "al Qaeda or any other organization that has made (Shiites) their enemies," and expressing support for the restoration of the Imam Ali Shrine. When al-Dari has done this, Sadr says he will oppose the arrest warrant against him.
- Attack on Baghdad Shiite slum kills 160 - Yahoo! News (Link dead as of 15 January 2007)
- Bombs kill 138 in Baghdad's Sadr City - CNN
- Baghdad curfew after bombing wave - BBC News
- Iraqi militias take revenge for slaughter of 215 - MSNBC
- Bombs in Shiite slum kill at least 161 - MSNBC
- Curfew lifted but tension high in Baghdad - Reuters, 27 November 2006
- The Independent: 140 reported dead in Baghdad attacks
- Shiites burn six Sunni worshippers alive - Kansas.com
- One Mosque Burned in Hurriya - Multi-National Force - Iraq 25 November 2006.
- Assault on Iraqi Civilians Is Deadliest Since 2003 - Washington Post 24 November 2006.
- Iraqi Arrest Warrant Revives a Sunni Cleric's Fortunes - Time Magazine 18 November 2006.
- Sunni leader must stop bloodshed, says Sadr - Australian Broadcasting Corporation 24 November 2006
- Martin Smith; Marcela Gaviria (April 17, 2007). "Gangs of Iraq". Frontline. USA: Public Broadcasting Service.