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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Page updated at 02:00 a.m.

Al-Qaida in Iraq claims deadly attacks

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
Associated Press

An al-Qaida affiliated group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for bloody attacks that killed dozens of people across the country a day earlier.

In a statement posted Wednesday on a militant website, the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Qaida'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-Qaida statement warned the Shiite-led government to stop executing Sunni prisoners or "expect more bad events ... and seas of blood."

Insurgents set off a string of car bombs and other explosions in different parts of the country ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, killing 65.

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