Iraqi Shoppers Targeted on Revolution Anniversary: 77 Killed, 223 Wounded

by , July 14, 2013

A number of late-day, coordinated attacks targeted markets and bakeries to take advantage of food shopping right before the Iftar evening meal, which breaks Ramadan fasting for the day. July 14 also marks the 55th anniversary of the coup which installed the regime that ended with the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein. At least 77 Iraqis were killed and 223 more were wounded.

Eleven people were killed and 68 more were wounded in a bombing at a Kut bakery. When the governor arrived to survey the scene, angry citizens threw shoes and rocks at him.

A suicide bomber killed 12 people and wounded 25 more near a mosque in Mussayab.

Eight people were killed and 35 were wounded in a triple bombing near a political party office in Basra.

In Mosul, two policemen were shot dead at a checkpoint. A roadside bomb killed a district councilor and his son, while another son was wounded. Two soldiers were gunned down as well. A bombing targeting a police chief wounded three bodyguards instead. A roadside bomb left four policemen dead. A bomb killed two policemen and wounded a third one at a checkpoint.

In Nasariya, five people were killed and at least 22 were wounded in a marketplace bombing.

Nine people were killed and 22 more were wounded in a bombing near a shrine in Karbala.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed four people and wounded 16 more in the Doura district.

An I.E.D. killed four people and wounded 12 others at a Jbela market.

In Falluja, gunmen killed a police lieutenant colonel and wounded two policemen. Two people were gunned down near a cemetery. Another attack left one policeman dead and another wounded.

Gunmen killed four soldiers and wounded a fifth one near Tikrit.

In Kirkuk, gunmen killed a lieutenant colonel and a soldier, while another soldier was wounded.

A roadside bomb killed two people and wounded three more in Baquba.

One Sahwa member was killed and four more were wounded in an attack on a checkpoint in Saniya.

A roadside bomb killed one Sahwa member and wounded three others in Salman.

A bomb near Hilla left two policemen with injuries.

A suicide bomber was the only casualty in an attack in Suwayra.

A sticky bomb wounded a government employee in Samarra.

Car bombs in Dhi Qar province also killed or wounded several people.

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