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12 February 2007 Baghdad bombings
Location Baghdad, Iraq
Date 12 February 2007 (UTC+3)
Attack type
Car bombing, fire
Deaths Approx. 76
Non-fatal injuries
Approx. 150


Two car bombs exploded in Baghdad, Iraq at 12:20 on 12 February 2007 in the Shorja market district, killing 76 people, and injuring 155–180.[1][2]

The explosions set market stalls, shops, and an adjoining 7-storey building on fire, causing further casualties, and local fire-crews struggled for hours to extinguish the flames.[3] The collapse of a building was also reported. The injured were taken to the nearby Al-Kindi hospital, which struggled to cope with the influx, and more casualties are expected from injuries.[4]

Al-Askari anniversary

The bombings happened during 15 minutes of state endorsed silence, to mark the anniversary[5] of the Al-Askari Mosque bombing in Samarra, which prompted heavy bloodshed. The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was participating in a televised ceremony remembering the victims of the attack, and was speaking when the blasts occurred, only two miles away.[6] Al-Maliki had been calling for calm, unity and reconciliation,[7] and had said that the Iraqi Security Forces were regaining control of Iraq's security situation.

References

  1. Sengupta, Kim (13 February 2007). "Multiple bomb attack on Baghdad kills 76". The Independent. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2264670.ece. Retrieved 2 April 2007. 
  2. "Dozens killed in Baghdad bombings". BBC News. 12 February 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6353487.stm. 
  3. "Two Markets Bombed in Central Baghdad, Killing at Least 67 and Wounding 155", New York Times, 12 February 2007
  4. "Scores Killed in Baghdad Blast", Al Jazeera, 12 February 2007
  5. In the Islamic calendar, 11 days shorter than the Gregorian Calendar.
  6. " Multiple bomb attack on Baghdad kills 76", The Independent, 13 February 2007
  7. "Silent prayers. Then the inferno", The Guardian, 13 February 2007

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