|Location Baghdad, Iraq|
Start date February 1, 2008
Attack type Suicide attack
|Non-fatal injuries 208|
Total number of deaths 98
|Perpetrators Unknown: legal proceedings have not yet taken place.|
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1 february 2008 baghdad bombings
The 1 February 2008 Baghdad bombings occurred on 1 February 2008, when two suicide bombings occurred in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The blasts killed 98 people and injured over 200 others.
The two blasts were shortly before the call to Friday prayers when many Iraqis were shopping or meeting with friends.
Initial reports were that both women had Down Syndrome, based on the analysis of their intact heads. But later reports were less clear on the issue, saying that the women suffered from depression and schizophrenia and it was unknown whether they had a condition that made them unable to understand what they were doing.
The acting director of the al-Rashad psychiatric hospital, Dr. Sahi Aboub, was arrested in connection with the attack on 10 February. It has been reported that Dr Aboub is a Shia Muslim and that the al Rashad hospital is run by the Shia Mehdi Army. However, the attacks occurred in primarily Shia areas of Baghdad.