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Iraq's al-Qaida claims Baghdad government bombings

Al Qaida

CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida's umbrella group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the bombings of government ministries in Baghdad last week that killed more than 100 people and left hundreds wounded.

The group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, says in a statement that "with God's grace," their "sons launched a new blessed attack at the heart of wounded Baghdad."

It says the attack meant to "wreck the bastions of infidelity" that belong to what it describes as the pro-Iranian government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The al-Qaida front lists the targets it claimed to have hit last Wednesday, including the finance, foreign and defense ministries in central Baghdad.

The statement was posted Tuesday on a Web site commonly used by terror groups.


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