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10 May 2010 Iraq attacks
Location Baghdad, Mosul, Basra, Fallujah, Iskandariyah, Al Tarmia, Suwayrah, Samarra. Iraq
Date 10 May 2010 (UTC+4)
Target various
Attack type
coordinated bomb detonations, suicide car bombings, targeted killings, shootings
Deaths 100+
Non-fatal injuries
Suspected perpetrators
Al-Qaeda in Iraq

The 10 May 2010 Iraq attacks were a series of bomb and shooting attacks that occurred in Iraq on 10 May 2010, killing over 114 people and injuring 350, the highest death toll for a single day in Iraq in 2010.[1]

This was the bloodiest day in Iraq since 8 December 2009, when 127 people were killed in the capital.[2] It was also the deadliest day in the country until the attacks on 23 July 2012, which killed 116 people.


Following the inconclusive 2010 Iraqi elections, these attacks were believed to be an attempt to further destabilise Iraq. Major General Qassim al-Moussawi, an Iraqi Army spokesman, gave a statement on 10 May in which he said "Al-Qaeda is trying to ... use some gaps created by some political problems".[3]

According to official statistics, violent deaths in Iraq decreased slightly in April 2010 compared with April 2009.[1]


There were at least twenty attacks,[3] of which the worst, by death toll, was a series of three to four suicide car bombs at the 'State Company for Textile Industries' in Al Hillah in central Iraq, approximately 100 km (62 mi) from the capital, Baghdad. The first two bombs were in quick succession at about 1:30 pm (10:30 UTC), followed minutes later by a third. A fourth car bomb targeted the crowd and emergency services at the scene, according to police Captain Ali al-Shimmari.[4] The bombs killed a total of 45 people, leaving 140 wounded.

Fallujah, which had previously seen intense battles between insurgents and American troops was targeted with at least two deaths resulting from bomb blasts. There were also attacks in Iskandariya, Mosul, Samarra and Al Tarmia (Tarmiyah).[1][5] A double bomb struck near a mosque in Suwayrah, killing 11 people and wounding 70 more.[2] In the southern port city of Basra, a car bomb exploded at a market in the evening, followed by two more bombs at another market, killing 20 people.[2]

There were multiple shootings across the country, particularly at checkpoints in Baghdad. According to officials, as Baghdad's nightly curfew lifted at 05:00 local time, gunmen disguised as municipal street cleaners attacked 10 police and army checkpoints across the city, killing as many as 9 soldiers and officers, and wounding 24.[5]


Iraq put its security forces on alert following the spate of attacks.[2]


While no organization claimed responsibility, Iraqi authorities blamed Al-Qaeda in Iraq for the attacks, which came shortly after U.S. and Iraqi forces killed two high-ranking members of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.[6]


An Interior Ministry source said the attacks were "a message to us that they can attack us in different parts of the city at the same time because they have cells everywhere."[2]

Baghdad's security spokesman said that a few remaining Al-Qaeda cells were "attempting to prove their existence" with the attacks.[citation needed]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "At least 100 killed in Iraqi violence". BBC News. BBC. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Violence-hit Iraq tightens security". PressTV. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 August, Oliver (11 May 2010). "102 dead as bombers fill power vacuum caused by Iraqi election". The Times. London: Times Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. Abbas al-Ani (10 May 2010). "102 killed in Iraq's bloodiest day this year". Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Myers, Steven Lee (10 May 2009). "Coordinated Attacks in Iraqi Cities Kill More Than 100". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  6. "Al-Qaeda in Iraq blamed for attacks". Al Jazeera English. 11 May 2010. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 

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