Iraq: Dozens Killed in 2 Coordinated PBIED Attacks

TRIPwire, 21 January 2021

On 21 January 2021, two suspects detonated person-borne IEDs (PBIEDs) near Baghdad’s Tayaran Square, killing themselves and at least 28 people and injuring at least 73 others. According to Iraq’s Interior Minister, the first suspect detonated his PBIED after pretending to collapse to draw a crowd. The second suspect detonated his PBIED minutes later as people rushed to the scene. Authorities have not released any device details and blamed ISIS for the attacks, which were the first IED attacks in Baghdad since January 2018. No group has claimed responsibility yet, and the investigation is ongoing.