A column of smoke rises from the site where a series of bombs exploded Friday, April 25, 2014 at a campaign rally for a Shiite group in Baghdad, Iraq, killing several people and wounding nearly two dozen more. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)
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A series of bombs struck a campaign rally Friday for a militant Shiite group in Iraq's capital ahead of next week's parliamentary election, killing at least 15 people and wounding 25, authorities said.Two Associated Press reporters were at the stadium when the blasts, spread over about 10 minutes, hit the complex. Intense gunfire rang out after the first blast and continued throughout. The blasts Friday highlight the sectarian violence that's plagued Iraq recently.The United Nations says 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400 people were killed in the first two months of this year alone.More than 9,000 candidates are taking part in Wednesday's elections and will vie for 328 seats in parliament.
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