Al-Qaeda in Iraq claim responsibility for recent wave of deadly bombings
Iraqi civilians inspect the damage following a car bomb attack that happened late at night in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, on Wednesday, that killed one and wounded several. (Photo: AFP / MARWAN IBRAHIM)
An Iraqi militant group linked to al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on Wednesday for attacks that killed dozens of people across the country the day before, AP reported.
According to the news agency, al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch, the Islamic State of Iraq, posted a statement on their website claiming responsibility for Tuesday's string of bombings, which killed a reported total of 65.
The group said that Tuesday's attacks were in revenge for the executions and "massacres" of convicted Sunni inmates held in Iraqi prisons.
The al-Qaida statement reportedly warned the Shia-led government to stop executing Sunni prisoners or "expect more bad events ... and seas of blood."
Iraq has been hit by a wave of sectarian violence in recent months following the pullout of American troops. The country's Sunni minority claim they are being unfairly targeted by the Shia-led government's new anti-terror legislation.