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.[1] The French President François Hollande was in the city during the attacks.[2][3]

January 2017 Baghdad bombings
Part of Iraqi Civil War
Baghdad (Iraq)
LocationBaghdad, Iraq
Date2 January 2017 (2017-01-02)
TargetShiite civilians
Attack type
car bombings, IEDs
WeaponsCar bombs
DeathsAt least 56
InjuredAt least 122[1]
PerpetratorsIslamic 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".[4]


  1. "Suicide Bombing in Baghdad Kills at Least 36". The New York Times. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. "Série d'attentats suicides à Bagdad, au moins 71 morts". Conflits-FR. 2017-01-02. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  3. "UPDATED: Islamic State claims blast in Baghdad's Sadr City, 2 bombs ensue". Iraqi News. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. "IS conflict: Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 35". BBC News. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
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