February 2015 Baghdad bombings

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February 2015 Baghdad bombings
Part of Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017)
LocationBaghdad, Iraq
Date7 and 9 February 2015
Attack type
Triple bombings
Deaths36+
Injuries
70+
PerpetratorsISIL

On 7 February 2015 three separate bombings in Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq, killed at least 36 people.[1] At least 70 people were also injured.[1] The bombings occurred shortly before a curfew that had been in place for a decade was lifted, but Saad Maan, a spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry, said that he did not think the bombings were linked to the curfew.[2] On 9 February two more bombings occurred in Baghdad, one in Kadhimiya and the other in a northern Baghdad suburb. These bombings killed a total of at least 15 people.[3]

The first attack was perpetrated by a suicide bomber in a restaurant in New Baghdad.[1] The second attack occurred in the Shorja market district, and involved two bombs placed about 25 meters apart from each other.[4] The third attack occurred at the Abu Cheer market.[5] The bombings on 7 February killed at least 22, 10, and two people, respectively.[2] In addition to those dead, the attack in New Baghdad also wounded 45 people, the attack in Shorja wounded 26 people, and the attack in Abu Cheer wounded 15 people.[6]

Perpetrators[edit]

Maan has accused the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of perpetrating the attacks to reassert their presence in Baghdad.[7] ISIL later claimed responsibility for the 7 February attack in New Baghdad, and said this bomber was targeting Shiites.[8] No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the 9 February attacks.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fahim, Kareem (7 February 2015). "Bloody Day In Baghdad As Blasts Kill Dozens". New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Three Dozen Killed in Wave of Baghdad Bombings Hours Before Curfew Ends". NBC News. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Two bombs in Baghdad kill 15 civilians: sources". Reuters. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  4. ^ Associated Press (8 February 2015). "Bombs kill at least 40 as Baghdad sees end of decade-old curfew". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  5. ^ AP (7 February 2014). "More than three dozen killed in series of Baghdad bombings". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  6. ^ Associated Press (7 February 2015). "Baghdad Bombings Kill Dozens". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  7. ^ Sly, Liz (7 February 2014). "Baghdad celebrates lifting of curfew, despite rash of bombings". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  8. ^ Salama, Vivian (8 February 2015). "Baghdad curfew ends after bombs kill 40". USA Today. Retrieved 8 February 2015.