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Iraq: Car bomb kills two on Iraq war anniversary


Iraqi officials say a car bomb in eastern Baghdad has killed two civilians and wounded four on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion, a day after a series of well-coordinated attacks left scores dead.

Two police officers say the parked car exploded during rush hour Wednesday morning in the capital's eastern Zayona neighborhood. A medical official in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

The attack followed a bloody day in Baghdad, when insurgents set off a wave of car bombs and other explosions that killed 65.

An al-Qaeda affiliated group in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In a statement posted Wednesday on a militant website, the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch, said the Tuesday attacks were in revenge for the executions and "massacres" of convicted Sunni inmates held in Iraqi prisons

The al-Qaeda statement warned the government to stop executing Sunni prisoners or "expect more bad events ... and seas of blood."

Violence has ebbed sharply since the height of insurgency, but militants are still able to stage high-profile lethal attacks.

(AP, Al-Akhbar)

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