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Al-Qaeda claims deadly Baghdad bombings

  • A militant umbrella group that includes an Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, which killed more than 50 people.

    On Wednesday, an online statement posted by the Islamic State of Iraq said the attacks had been a "quick response" to the justice minister.

    "What has reached you on Tuesday is just the first drop of rain, and a first phase, for by God's will, after this we will have our revenge," the statement read.

    The attacks took place a day after the justice minister said "nothing" would alter the planned executions of militants guilty of capital offences.

    The bombings also came on the tenth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

    At least 50 people died and 160 injured in the coordinated suicide, car and roadside bombings in and around Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

    Markets, restaurants and bus stops were targeted in mainly Shia districts of the capital. Two of the deadliest blasts occurred near the heavily-guarded Green Zone and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

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