2016 Balad attack

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2016 Balad attack
Part of the Iraqi Civil War (2014–present)
Salah ad-Din in Iraq.svg
Location of Saladin Governorate in Iraq
Location Balad, Saladin Governorate, Iraq
Date 8 July 2016
Attack type
Suicide bombings
Weapons Bomb
Rocket-propelled grenade
Deaths 36
Non-fatal injuries
Unknown
Perpetrator Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

The attack on the shrine of seven Dujai was an attack on Friday, July 8, 2016, and claimed the lives of 36[1] people, following two bombings at least in the vicinity of the shrine of Sayed Mohammad in the southern Saladin Governorate, north of Baghdad. It is suspected that the ISIS terrorist organisation targeted the shrine with rocket-propelled mortars, followed by three suicide bombers, two of which detonated in a market near the shrine.[2]

Background[edit]

The attack came as the United Nations issued warnings of the possibility of renewed sectarian fighting after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dozens killed in attack on Shiite shrine north of Baghdad". France 24. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. ^ As Baghdad Protests Mount, Attack on Shiite Shrine Kills 26 Archived July 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Iraq shrine attack: IS kills dozens in Balad". BBC News. Retrieved 10 August 2016.