On December 6th 2015 during a Canadian diplomatic visit to Denmark in an attempt to resolve the dispute over Hans Island peacefully, the Danish Queen Margrethe and the new Danish Government under Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt demanded all islands in and around the Baffin Bay making Iqaluit a disputed area and a possible target. Canadian military staff believed that Iqaluit would be an unlikely target because it was deep in Canadian waters. Commander of the RCAF General Al Meinzinger assured that Iqualuit was not going to be attacked and said "Remember we have Bagotville and its CF-18s to pumble the Danish fleet." At 10:21 PM March 11th 2017 the HMDS Triton and HMDS Hvidbjørnen left Nuuk Harbour and went on route to Iqaluit.
At 3:07 AM, the two Danish vessels were within perfect firing distance from Iqaluit, Danish crew were called to their battle stations at 3:19 AM. At 3:25 AM, the sky had lit up with shots from 76mm cannons seconds later silence would be broken when shots hit a gas station and harbour bunker. The city had woken up, by 3:40 AM people were crowding to cars and public busses, or ran away on foot. This crowding of people in the streets had caused most of the deaths and wounded, some unlucky people were run over or crushed in the stampede killing 2 and injuring 12 people most of them were young kids separated and caught in the crossfire. The guns would fall silent by 5:13 AM with a total of 34 killed and 77 wounded
The Bombardment of Iqaluit sparked outrage in Canada with protests demanding retaliation for such an unprovoked attack. Justin Trudeau ordered General Mobilization of the Canadian military. The Danish Army would land troops across the Baffin Island's coast along Baffin Bay. The attack shocked the world thinking Denmark would know better and had signed the Geneva Accords.