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Al-Qaeda Branch Claims Responsibility For Iraq Bomb Spree

Iraqi security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack in the city of Ramadi on 19 April.
Al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a spate of bomb attacks across the country the previous day that killed more than 30 people and injured more than 100.

The Islamic State of Iraq said in a statement posted to its website on April 20 that it detonated 14 bombs in 10 Iraqi cities the previous day in what it says is "the beginning" of a prolonged series of attacks.

It was the deadliest day in Iraq since March 20, when a series of shootings and bombings, also claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq, killed 50 people and injured 255.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP