TIMELINE: Deadliest bomb attacks in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 7, 2008
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Here is a list of some of the deadliest bomb attacks in Iraq in the past year:

March 6, 2007 – Two suicide bombers strike in Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing 105 pilgrims. Insurgents launch a total of 12 attacks against Shi’ite pilgrims. In all, 137 pilgrims are killed and 310 are wounded.

March 27 – A truck bomb explodes in Tal Afar, close to the Syrian border and the regional capital Mosul, killing 152 people.

April 14 – A suicide car bomber kills 40 people and wounds more than 70 at a bus station in the Iraqi holy city of Kerbala.

April 18 – Multiple car bombings kill 191 people around Baghdad. One car bomb near a market in the central Sadriya neighborhood kills 140 people and wounds 150.

April 28 – A suicide car bomber kills 60 people and wounds 170 at a checkpoint in Kerbala.

May 13 – Suicide truck bombing in northern town of Makhmour kills 50, with 70 people wounded.

June 19 – A car bomb near the Khilani Shi’ite mosque in central Baghdad kills 87 people.

July 7 – A truck packed with explosives covered with hay blows up in a crowded market in the northern town of Tuz Khurmato, killing 150 people and wounding 250.

July 16 – Eighty-five people are killed by a suicide truck bomb in the city of Kirkuk. At least 180 are wounded.

August 14 – At least three suicide bombers driving fuel tankers kill and wound at least 796 people in Yazidi residential compounds in the villages of Kahtaniya and al-Jazeera in northern Iraq near the Syrian border, the worst attack since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Yazidis are members of a pre-Islamic Kurdish sect who live in northern Iraq and Syria.

Oct 29 – A suicide bomber on a bicycle kills 30 policemen at their base in the province of Diyala.

Dec 12 – Three car bombs rip through the Shi’ite city of Amara killing 40 people and wounding 125.

Dec 25 – Two suicide bombings targeting U.S.-backed neighborhood patrols kill 33 people in total. One in Baiji, Salahuddin province, kills 23 and wounds 77 others. In Baquba, a suicide bomber strikes a funeral, killing 10.

Feb 1, 2008 – Female bombers kill 99 people in attacks blamed on al Qaeda at two popular Baghdad pet markets, the city’s worst attacks in six months.

Feb 24 – A suicide bomber targeting pilgrims heading to one of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest rites in southern Kerbala kills 63 people and wounds scores in Iskandariya.

March 6 – Two bombs explode in Baghdad’s mainly Shi’ite Karrada district, killing at least 68 people. Another 120 were wounded in the blasts.

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