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Iraq: Twin Car Bomb Attacks in Baghdad


Background - Baghdad, October 25th, 2009


“Car bombs exploded in Baghdad this morning next to two key government buildings, killing at least 147 people and wounding more than 700. The explosions occurred as political leaders were preparing to meet to try to resolve a fierce dispute that could delay national elections, ranked as pivotal to Iraq's long-term stability. The car bombs, at least one of them a suicide bombing, according to police, blew up by the justice ministry and a Baghdad provincial office, sites separated by one broad city block. The attacks […] hit the nerve center of Baghdad's national and local governments […].”

Excerpt of an article from the L.A. Times from October 25th, 2009.

The explosion


The Video



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The Aftermath of the Bombings

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Video & Photo Credits


The Video


The video is a news report from Al Jazeera, which contains cell phone footage from an anonymous Iraqi source. The video was aired and published over the Internet on October 25th, 2009.




1) Smoke billows from an explosion near the Justice Ministry in central Baghdad. - October 25th, 2009 - Sabah Arar/Agence France Presse/Getty Images;


The Aftermath of the Bombings


1) An Iraqi woman reacts as she walks past the Ministry of Works and Municipalities, damaged by a suicide bombing in Baghdad. -  October 26th, 2009 - Saad Shalash/Reuters;

2) An Iraqi weeps as he walks away from the site of a suicide bombing in Baghdad. Baghdad’s governor has blamed negligence or even collusion by the security forces for devastating twin suicide bombings that killed around 100 people in the heart of the capital. - October 25th, 2009 - Ahmad al-Rubaye/Agence France Presse;

3) A man walks past the crater caused by a massive bomb attack in front of the building of the Ministry of Justice in Baghdad, Iraq. A pair of suicide car bombings Sunday devastated the heart of Iraq’s capital in the country's deadliest attack in more than two years. - October 26th, 2009 - Hadi Mizban/Associated Press;


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