|Soldier inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kut, 150 km southeast of Baghdad August 25, 2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)|
BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Al-Qaida militant group in Iraq Friday claimed responsibility for the recent wave of bombings that swept the country on Wednesday, killing at least 64 people.
The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the al-Qaida front in Iraq, said in a statement posted on an Islamic website that the spate of attacks in the holy month of Ramadan were led by its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the group's self-entitled " Ministry of War."
The ISI said they targeted their attacks on Iraq's military and police checkpoints.
Wednesday's apparently coordinated car bombings, targeting the Iraqi security forces and policemen, took place in different capital cities throughout the country, leaving 64 people killed and more than 270 wounded.
The incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Saturday also warned that Qaida groups in Iraq are planning to stage new wave of attacks in the country ahead of Aug. 31, the set day when the United States officially announces an end to its combat mission in Iraq.
Sporadic violence and waves of high-profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country more than five months after violence-torn Iraq held parliamentary elections on March 7.
KUT, Iraq, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 23 people were killed and some 60 wounded on Wednesday in a powerful car bomb explosion outside the police headquarters in the city of Kut, the capital of Wasit province, 170 km southeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.
"We have 23 people killed and 60 inured by the powerful blast in Kut," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Full Story