23 November 2006 Sadr City bombings

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.
Death(s) At least 215
Injured 257
Perpetrator(s) Al Qaeda

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 Harith al-Dari, a prominent Sunni cleric, was issued in Baghdad.[11] Moqtada al-Sadr, the son of Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr and a controversial figure in his own right, called out on Friday for al-Dari to issue fatwas prohibiting the killing of Shiites, membership in "al Qaeda or any other organization that has made (Shiites) their enemies," and expressing support for the restoration of the Imam Ali Shrine. When al-Dari has done this, Sadr says he will oppose the arrest warrant against him.[12]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sadr City — ( ar. مدينة الصدر) is a suburb district of the city of Baghdad, Iraq. It was built in 1959 by Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qassim and later unofficially renamed Sadr City after deceased Shia leader Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al Sadr. Sadr City is one… …   Wikipedia

  • Sadr City terrorist attacks — In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent sectarian violence a number of terrorist attacks have targeted the Sadr City district of Baghdad.These include but are not limited to *1 July 2006 Sadr City bombing *23 November… …   Wikipedia

  • Siege of Sadr City — Infobox Military Conflict conflict=Siege of Sadr City colour scheme=background:#ffcccc partof=the Post invasion Iraq caption=U.S. soldiers during street fighting in Sadr City in April 2008 date=April 04, 2004 ndash; May 11, 2008 place=Sadr City,… …   Wikipedia

  • November 2003 — November 2003: January – February – March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November – December Events See Also: Iraq Timeline Liberian Crisis North Korean Crisis Hutton Inquiry Bloody …   Wikipedia

  • 7 July 2005 London bombings — 7/7 redirects here. For the calendar date, see 7 July. 7 July 2005 London bombings …   Wikipedia

  • 2004 Madrid train bombings — March 2004 Madrid Train Bombings Location Madrid, Spain Date Thursday, 11 March 2004 07:30 – 08:00 (UTC+01:00) Target Madrid Commuter Train System Attack type …   Wikipedia

  • December 11, 2007 Algiers bombings — 2007 Algiers bombings Location Algiers, Algeria Date 11 December 2007 09:30 (GMT+1) …   Wikipedia

  • 22 January 2007 Baghdad bombings — Infobox terrorist attack title=22 January 2007 Baghdad bombings location=Bab Al Sharqi market of Baghdad, Iraq target=Shiite marketplace date=January 22, 2007 time begin=12:00 time end=17:00 timezone=UTC+3 type=Car bombs fatalities=88… …   Wikipedia

  • List of terrorist incidents, 2006 — The following is a timeline of acts and failed attempts that can be considered non state terrorism in 2006.*flagicon|Israel Israel, 2006: Qassam rockets fired by Hamas into Israel, especially the cities of Ashkelon and Sderot, injure many… …   Wikipedia

  • List of suicide bombings in Iraq since 2003 — Suicide bombings in Iraq since 2003 have killed thousands of people, mostly Iraqi civilians, and arguably constitute a new phenomenon in the history of warfare. Suicide bombings have been used as a tactic in other armed struggles, but their… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”