January 2, 2017 Baghdad bombings
On January 2, 2017, at least three suicide car bombings took place in a Shia Muslim eastern district of Sadr City, as well as behind the Kindi and Imam Ali hospitals, killing 56 people and injuring more than 120 others. Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, had informed in a news conference that the suicide bombing, in Sadr City's busy market, was operated by the suicide bomber who detonated a vehicle with explosives. The bomber had pretended to hire day labourers in the market; once labourers gathered near the vehicle, the vehicle was detonated by him. The French President François Hollande was in the city during the attacks.
|January 2017 Baghdad bombings|
|Part of Iraqi Civil War|
|Date||2 January 2017|
|car bombings, IEDs|
|Deaths||At least 56|
|Injured||At least 122|
|Perpetrators||Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant|
The jihadist group Islamic State claimed the responsibility of attacks, with a targeted attack on a "gathering of Shia".
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- "UPDATED: Islamic State claims blast in Baghdad's Sadr City, 2 bombs ensue". Iraqi News. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
- "IS conflict: Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 35". BBC News. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.