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23 November 2006 Sadr City bombings

Sadr City bombing
Location Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq
Date 23 November 2006
15:10 – 15:55 (UTC+3)
Target Shia Sadr City Slum
Attack type
Car bombs and mortar rounds.
Deaths At least 215
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators unknown

The 2006 Sadr City bombings were a series of car bombs and mortar attacks in Iraq that began on 23 November at 15:10 Baghdad time (12:10 Greenwich Mean Time) and ended at 15:55 (12:55 GMT). Six car bombs and two mortar rounds were used in the attack on the Shia slum in Sadr City.[1]

Casualties and aftermath

The attacks killed at least 215 people and injured 257 others, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003.[2][3][4] Following the attacks, the Iraqi government placed Baghdad under 24-hour curfew beginning at 20:00 Baghdad time (17:00 GMT), shut down Baghdad International Airport to commercial traffic, and closed the docks and airport in Basra, Iraq. The curfew was lifted on 27 November.[5][6]

The Shi'ites responded almost immediately, firing 10 mortar rounds at the Abu Hanifa Sunni mosque as Azamiya, the holiest Sunni shrine in Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven.[7] The morning of 24 November 2006, the Associated Press reported that Shiite militiamen retaliated for the attacks, dousing six Sunni Arabs in kerosene and burning them alive.[8] The Iraqi Army could not confirm the reports of Sunnis being burned alive, and found only one mosque that had suffered fire damage.[9]

Timing of the attacks

The attacks occurred while residents of Sadr City were commemorating the life of Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr.[10] Al-Sadr was killed by the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein in February 1999.

On 16 November 2006, an arrest warrant for Imam Ali Shrine. When al-Dari has done this, Sadr says he will oppose the arrest warrant against him.[12]


  1. ^ Attack on Baghdad Shiite slum kills 160 - Yahoo! News (Link dead as of 15 January 2007)
  2. ^ Bombs kill 138 in Baghdad's Sadr City - CNN
  3. ^ Baghdad curfew after bombing wave - BBC News
  4. ^ Iraqi militias take revenge for slaughter of 215 - MSNBC
  5. ^ Bombs in Shiite slum kill at least 161 - MSNBC
  6. ^ Curfew lifted but tension high in Baghdad - Reuters, 27 November 2006
  7. ^ The Independent: 140 reported dead in Baghdad attacks
  8. ^ Shiites burn six Sunni worshippers alive -
  9. ^ One Mosque Burned in Hurriya - Multi-National Force - Iraq 25 November 2006.
  10. ^ Assault on Iraqi Civilians Is Deadliest Since 2003 - Washington Post 24 November 2006.
  11. ^ Iraqi Arrest Warrant Revives a Sunni Cleric's Fortunes - Time Magazine 18 November 2006.
  12. ^ Sunni leader must stop bloodshed, says Sadr - Australian Broadcasting Corporation 24 November 2006

External links

  • Martin Smith; Marcela Gaviria (April 17, 2007). "Gangs of Iraq".  

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