21 April 2004 Basra bombings

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2004 Basra bombings
LocationBasra, Iraq
DateApril 21, 2004 (2004-04-21) (UTC+3)
TargetPolice stations
Attack type
car bombs

On April 21, 2004, a series of large car bomb explosions ripped through Basra, Iraq. Seventy-four people died and more than 100 were injured. The attacks were some of the deadliest in southern Iraq since the fall of President Saddam Hussein.

The attacks[edit]

Three separate bombs exploded outside police stations in central Basra; two in the Ashar area and one in the Old City.[1] In these bombings, many children on passing buses were killed.[2]

A fourth, separate attack also occurred around the same time in the town of Az Zubayr. In the fourth attack, two car bombs exploded which killed three Iraqis and wounded five British soldiers of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, one seriously. British forces trying to aid casualties were stoned by crowds, who blamed the coalition for not doing enough to protect Iraqi citizens from such attacks.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Scores killed in Iraqi bombings". BBC. 21 April 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Joel (24 April 2004). "5 Iraqis arrested for Basra bombings". CBS. Retrieved 20 February 2017.