WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- A subsidiary of al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for Saturday's bombing wave that killed more than 60 people and injured over 200 others across in Iraq, a terrorism monitoring group said Monday.
A statement by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted on religious forums, said it carried out the attacks, according to the U.S.-based SITE group which monitors online militant messages.
"The Islamic State mobilized... in Baghdad and the southern states and others to convey a quick message of deterrence on the third day of Eid" as a response to the Iraqi government's recent crackdowns on militants, according to a translated version of the statement.
"They will pay a high price for what they did, and they will not be secure day or night during Eid or other times, so they should watch their footsteps..." it said.
On Saturday, a total of 12 car bombs went off in Baghdad, mostly targeting markets, restaurants and cafes, killing more than 30 people and injured over 100 others as Iraqis were celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Overall, some 16 car bombings and other attacks rocked Iraq on that day, making one of the country's deadliest Ramadan months in recent years as the country is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in five years.
Saturday's attacks also followed major crackdowns on terrorists and militants in Iraq, which are among the biggest security operations since the pullout of U.S. troops in December 2011.
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