Family members of Hussein Abdullah, 22, who was killed in a car bomb attack, load his coffin onto a vehicle before transporting the coffin for burial in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. A series of car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out shopping in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. (AP Photo/ Alaa al-Marjani)
Monday, February 18, 2013 5:03 am
Al-Qaida in Iraq claims deadly Baghdad attack
The Associated Press
The U.S. SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant forums, says the Islamic State of Iraq issued a statement on militant websites saying Sunday's attacks came in revenge for alleged criminal acts by the Shiite-led government against Sunnis in the Iraqi capital.
The car bombs that exploded within minutes in outdoor markets also wounded more than 100 people. The attacks came amid rising sectarian discord in the country and appeared aimed at shaking the Iraqis' confidence in the Shiite-led government.
Iraq's al-Qaida branch has staged scores of large-scale attacks against Shiite Muslims, which it considers heretics and accuses of being too closely aligned with neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran.