2004 Erbil bombings

2004 Erbil bombing
Location Erbil, Iraq
Date February 1, 2004
Target Headquarters of PUK and KDP
Attack type
Suicide bombings
Deaths 117
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Al-Qaeda in Iraq

The 2004 Erbil bombings was a double suicide attack on the offices of Kurdish political parties in Erbil, Iraq, north of Baghdad on February 1, 2004. The attackers detonated explosives strapped to their bodies as hundreds gathered to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in Erbil.

A former government minister, the deputy governor of Erbil Province and the city's police chief were among those killed at offices of northern Iraq's main political groups, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). The attacks occurred as party leaders were receiving hundreds of visitors to mark the start of Eid.

The Al-Hayat newspaper speculated that the bombings may have been retribution for the Kurdish role in capturing Hassan Ghul.[1]


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