May 2016 Baghdad bombings

17 May 2016 Baghdad bombings
Part of the Iraqi Civil War (2014–present)
Location Baghdad, Iraq
Date 17 May 2016
Attack type
Car bombing, suicide bombing, shooting
Deaths 101+
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Motive Weakening government and Shia control

On 17 May 2016, a series of bombings fatally hit Baghdad. At least 101 people were killed and 194 injured.


A suicide bombing, which killed 41 people and wounded more than 70, in the northern district of al-Shaab. A car bomb in nearby Sadr City, that left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded. Another car bomb in al-Rashid, south of the capital, killed six and wounded 21.[1] A parked car bomb struck a market in the Shiite-dominated neighbourhood of Dora, in southern Baghdad, killing eight people and wounding 22 others. A suicide bomber targeted a restaurant in the Habibiya neighbourhood, killing nine and wounding 18.[2] A bomb blast killed one person and wounded another in al-Rashid, south of Baghdad.[3] Clashes resulted in the killing of four army soldiers, as well as wounding two other and three police members.[4] A bomb exploded near a popular market in al-Amin area in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven other.[5]

The attacks were preceded by a suicide bomb attack in a state-owned cooking gas plant in Taji, north of Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and another wave of attacks, that killed over a hundred people.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attacks.


  1. Kareem Raheem (17 May 2016). "After bombings in Baghdad kill 77, Sadr's forces deploy in some areas". Reuters.
  2. ABC News. "Wave of Bombings in Baghdad Kill 69". ABC News.
  3. Amre Sarhan (17 May 2016). "Bomb blast kills 1 person, wounds another in al-Rashid south of Baghdad". Iraq news, the latest Iraq news by Iraqi News.
  4. Abdelhak Mamoun (17 May 2016). "9 security members killed, wounded in battles of Rutba District". Iraq news, the latest Iraq news by Iraqi News.
  5. Abdelhak Mamoun (17 May 2016). "9 people killed, wounded in bomb blast in eastern Baghdad". Iraq news, the latest Iraq news by Iraqi News.
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