Islamic New Year’s Eve Carnage: 29 Killed, 194 Wounded in Iraq

On the eve of the Islamic New Year, attacks left at least 29 dead and 194 wounded. Several politicians were targeted for assassination, but they all escaped harm. The next ten days could see an uptick in violence.

A double bombing in Kirkuk left nine dead and 38 wounded. The first bomb exploded at a Kurdistan Democratic Party office, while the second bomb targeted first responders. A separate bombing left seven street sweepers with injuries. A fourth bomb wounded another person. The provincial governor was targeted by a fifth bomb, but no casualties were reported in the attack on his convoy.

Ten people were killed at a crowded poultry market in Hilla and at least 72 more were wounded. A separate bomb wounded 11 at a girl’s school.

A blast in Kut left three dead and 15 wounded.

Five soldiers were killed and four more were wounded during a blast in Hawija.

In central Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded ten more.

In Mosul, a bomb wounded seven people, including two civilians. One soldier was wounded in a blast at a university; a second campus bomb left no casualties. Two kidnap victims were liberated.

A blast at a barbershop in Hammam al-Alil killed one policeman and wounded four civilians.

Seven people were wounded during a blast in Balad Ruz.

Four security personnel were wounded in a blast in Baiji. The mayor survived an assassination attempt.

Mortars struck a gravel plant in Falluja and wounded three workers.

In Baquba, two civilians were wounded in a blast. Two other bombs were defused. The provincial governor escaped harm in an assassination attempt. A civilian was wounded in a bombing.

Four policemen were wounded when they responded to a bomb blast at a home in Muqdadiya.

An I.E.D wounded two people in Bani Saad.

A bomb in Saidiya wounded one person.

Two homes were blown up in Riyadh.

In Najaf, a car bomb was defused.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.