17 May 2016 Baghdad bombings
Part of the Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017)
LocationBaghdad, Iraq
Date17 May 2016
Attack type
Car bombing, suicide bombing, shooting
PerpetratorsIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant
MotiveWeakening government and Shia control

On 17 May 2016, a series of bombings by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant hit the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad. At least 101 people were killed and 194 injured.


A suicide bombing in the all-Shia northern district of Sha'ab killed 41 people and wounded more than 70. A car bomb in the all-Shia neighborhood Sadr City left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded. Another car bomb in the majority-Shia suburb al-Rashid, south of the capital, killed six and wounded 21.[1] A parked car bomb struck a market in the neighborhood of Dora, in southern Baghdad, killing eight people and wounding 22 others. A suicide bomber targeted a restaurant in the Habibiya neighborhood, killing nine and wounding 18.[2] A bomb blast killed one person and wounded another in al-Rashid, south of Baghdad.[3] A bomb exploded near a popular market in the all-Shia neighborhood al-Amin in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven others.[4]

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. ^ "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". Iraqi News.
  4. ^ Abdelhak Mamoun (17 May 2016). "9 people killed, wounded in bomb blast in eastern Baghdad". Iraqi News.