A series of coordinated car bombings and mortar attacks in Baghdad’s Sadr City killed at least 157 161 people and injured 257 (source: AP). Shiite militia members responded to the attacks with their own mortar barrage on the holiest Sunni shrine in Baghdad, making this one of the most violent days in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.
The Iraqi government today imposed an indefinite curfew in Baghdad after one of the worst days of violence since the U.S.-led invasion.
The Interior Ministry ordered people and cars off the streets after a series of car bombs exploded in the predominantly Shia district of Sadr City, killing 157 people and wounding 257.
Baghdad international airport was closed to all commercial flights, officials said.
The blasts were followed by a mortar barrage aimed at a nearby Sunni enclave, and came as gunmen attacked the Shia-run Health Ministry.
Iraq’s health minister warned that the death toll from the bombings could rise. “Many of the dead have been reduced to scattered body parts and are not counted yet,” Ali al-Shemari said.