2021 Baghdad bombings

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2021 Baghdad bombings
Part of ISIL insurgency in Iraq (2017–present)
Baghdad in Iraq.svg
Location of Baghdad Governorate in Iraq
LocationBaghdad, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq
Date21 January 2021 (21 January 2021)
TargetShia Muslims
Attack type
Suicide bombings
WeaponsExplosive belts
Deaths34 (including two attackers)
Injured110
PerpetratorIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant
MotiveAnti-Shi'ism

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The 2021 Baghdad bombings were terrorist attacks that occurred on 20 January 2021, carried out by two suicide bombers at an open-air market in central Baghdad, Iraq.[1] They killed at least 32 people and injured another 110. The capital city had seen no suicide bombings since a 2019 attack.[2]

Background[edit source | edit]

Since late 2017, the period in which the Islamic State was defeated, terrorist attacks in Iraq became rare. From 2003 to 2017, attacks were common in the entire country, with Baghdad and nearby cities being the main targets. The last major deadly attack against civilians, during the post-war period, occurred in January 2018 at the same location, leaving 35 people dead.[3]

Attack[edit source | edit]

In the early hours of the morning, a clothing market in Tayaran Square, Baghdad, was crowded as people were shopping after the market recently reopened, after being closed for about a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq. An attacker entered and yelled "my stomach is hurting". As nearby people got close to him, he pressed a detonator in his hand and blew himself up, killing several people.[4] A second suicide bomber then struck and killed people who were helping victims of the first bombing. 32 civilians were killed and more than 110 others wounded in the bombings, several of whom are in critical conditions.[5]

Responsibility[edit source | edit]

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the bombings.[6] The claim, which was released hours after the attack, stated that the organization targeted Shia Muslims.[7][8]

International reactions[edit source | edit]

Bahrain,[9] Canada,[10] Egypt,[10] France,[11] Iran,[10] Kuwait,[9] Jordan,[10] Lebanon,[10] Tunisia,[10] Turkey,[12] Saudi Arabia,[9] the United Arab Emirates,[9] Qatar,[10] the United States,[10] Yemen,[10] as well as the partially recognised State of Palestine[10] condemned the attacks.

International organizations[edit source | edit]

The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned the attack with the Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajraf “offering condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.”[9]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 15". The New York Times. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  2. CNN, Aqeel Najm, Jomana Karadsheh, Kareem Khadder and Tamara Qiblawi. "At least 32 killed as first suicide bombing in nearly 2 years rocks Baghdad". CNN. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  3. "Iraq attack: Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 32". BBC News. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  4. "First big suicide attack in Baghdad for three years kills at least 32". Reuters. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  5. "Deadly twin suicide attack hits central Baghdad". Al Jazeera English. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  6. "ISIL takes responsibility for deadly Baghdad suicide bombings". Al Jazeera English. 22 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  7. "Iraq bombing: IS says it was behind deadly suicide attacks in Baghdad". BBC News. 22 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  8. "Islamic State claims responsibility for Baghdad's suicide attack". Reuters. 22 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Saudi Arabia, GCC condemn twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad". Arab News. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 "Baghdad bombing sparks global condemnation". Anadolu Agency.
  11. étrangères, Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires. "Iraq - Attack in Baghdad (21 Jan. 2021)". France Diplomacy - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  12. "Turkey condemns deadly terror attack in Iraqi capital". Anadolu Agency. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.

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