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Iraq: Militant group claims attack that killed 25

A victim of a bomb attack, which occurred in Khanaqin, is wheeled on a gurney into a hospital in Sulaimaniya April 28, 2014. A suicide attacker killed at least 30 people and wounded 50 others at a Kurdish political gathering in the town of Khanaqin, northeast of Baghdad, security sources said. REUTERS/Yahya Ahmad

BAGHDAD: An al-Qaeda spin-off group has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in a Kurdish town northeast of Baghdad that killed at least 25 people the previous day.

The bomber blew himself up among a group of Kurds celebrating the appearance on local TV of Iraq's ailing president, Jalal Talabani, a Kurd who has been in Germany since 2012 for medical treatment.

The attack in the town of Khanaqin in the turbulent Diyala province also wounded 35 people, sending that day death toll from other attacks to nearly 50.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took credit for the attack in a posting Tuesday on one of its Twitter accounts.

The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified but its style was consistent with previous ones.

 

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