FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq (Feb. 1, 2008) – In two separate attacks, female suicide bombers struck two Baghdad markets in the Rusafa district killing 27 civilians and wounding 53 on Feb. 1.
At approximately 10:40 a.m. a female wearing a suicide vest improvised explosive device detonated her device outside the Shourja Market killing seven and wounding 23 local nationals.
Ten minutes later, a second female bomber detonated her device in the al-Jadida market killing 20 and wounding 30.
Iraqi emergency services responded immediately to both events and the wounded were evacuated to nearby hospitals.
Coalition sources believe both events were carried out by Al Qaeda in Iraq.
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