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Al-Qaeda wing claims responsibility for Iraq bombings

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 18 February 2013
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February 18, 2013

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City on February 17. Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City on February 17.

Iraq's Al-Qaeda affiliate is claiming responsibility for a wave of bombings in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad.

The group, the Islamic State of Iraq, posted a message on an extremist Internet forum on February 18, saying the previous day's attacks were "in revenge for criminal acts by the Shi'ite-led government in Sunni areas of the capital."

At least 28 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded by blasts in Sadr City, Habibiya, Qahira, and at least two other Baghdad districts.

Since January, there have been more than 10 suicide bombings across Iraq.

For the past two months, Sunnis across Iraq have been protesting the rule of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki, with some demonstrations blocking key transportation routes.

They accuse the government of persecuting and discriminating against the country's Sunni minority.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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