Burned vehicles remain in the Industrial Stadium a day after a series of bombs exploded in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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The death toll from twin jihadist bombings that struck a Shiite political rally in the Iraqi capital ahead of next week's parliamentary election has risen to 33, officials said Saturday.Friday's attack by a Sunni militant group came at the height of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's polls, the first since US troops withdrew in late 2011 and with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki seeking reelection amid the country's worst violence since a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war.The League of the Righteous, a Shiite militia blamed in the past for killing US soldiers and kidnapping Britons, has been linked to groups fighting mostly Sunni rebels in Syria, whose civil war has split the Middle East's sectarian communities, particularly in multi-confessional Iraq.
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