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18 April 2007 Baghdad bombings
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The 18 April 2007 Baghdad bombings were a
series of attacks that occurred when five car bombs exploded across Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq, on 18 April 2007, killing nearly 200
The attacks targeted mainly Shia locations and civilians. The Sadriya
market had already been struck by a massive truck
bombing on 3 February 2007 and was in the process of being
rebuilt when the attack took place. The
bombings were reminiscent of the level of violence before Operation Law and Order was implemented to
secure the Iraqi capital in February 2007.
The attacks came as Prime Minister
al-Maliki said that Iraqi forces would assume control of the
country's security by the end of the year, and they also came as
officials from more than 60 countries attended a UN conference in
Geneva on the plight of Iraqi refugees.
The first attack occurred when a bomb detonated on a minibus in
the Risafi neighborhood of Baghdad, killing four people and
wounding six. A parked car in the Karrada neighborhood exploded
afterward, killing 11 and wounding 13.
A suicide car bomber crashed his car into an Iraqi police
checkpoint; the resulting explosion killed at least 41 people,
including five Iraqi police officers, and wounded 76.
One hour later, the deadliest attack was in the al-Sadriya
market in central Baghdad, where a powerful car bomb killed at least 140 people and
wounded 148, according to an Iraqi hospital official. The bomb was
reportedly left in a parked car and exploded at about 1600 local
time (1200 GMT) in the middle of a crowd of workers. The market was
being rebuilt after it was destroyed by a bombing in February which
killed more than 130 people.
Later in the day another suicide bomber blew himself up at the
entrance to the Sadriya district of Baghdad killing two police
officers and wounding eight.
- al-Shurja: Minibus bomb killed at least 4
- Karrada: Car bomb near
private hospital killed at least 11
- Sadr City: Suicide
car bomber killed at least 41 at a checkpoint
- Sadriya: Car bomb killed at least 140 at a market
- Sadriya: Suicide car bomber killed at least 2 at a