2004 Erbil bombings

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2004 Erbil bombing
LocationErbil, Iraq
DateFebruary 1, 2004
TargetHeadquarters of PUK and KDP
Attack type
Suicide bombings
Deaths117
Injuries
133
PerpetratorsAl-Qaeda in Iraq

The 2004 Erbil bombings was a double suicide attack on the offices of Iraqi Kurdish political parties in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan on 1 February 2004. The attackers detonated explosives strapped to their bodies as hundreds gathered to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in Erbil.

A former government minister, the deputy governor of Erbil Governorate and the city's police chief were among those killed at offices of northern Iraq's main political groups, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). The attacks occurred as party leaders were receiving hundreds of visitors to mark the start of Eid.

The Al-Hayat newspaper speculated that the bombings may have been retribution for the capture of bin Laden's courier Hassan Ghul in Iraqi Kurdistan.[1]

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  • Al-Nahr, Naseer (February 2, 2004). "Twin Bombings Kill 56 in Irbil". Arabnews.com. Retrieved May 11, 2015.