Qaeda claims deadly attack on Iraqi bank: SITE

The Al-Qaeda front in Iraq has said it was behind last weekend`s twin suicide bombings outside a Baghdad bank that killed 26 and wounded 53 people, US monitoring group SITE reported on Wednesday.

Dubai: The Al-Qaeda front in Iraq has said
it was behind last weekend`s twin suicide bombings outside a
Baghdad bank that killed 26 and wounded 53 people, US
monitoring group SITE reported on Wednesday.

"Two knights... launched another attack to strike another
stronghold among the strongholds of evil in the heart of
Baghdad," SITE quoted the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) as
saying about Sunday`s bombings.
"The target this time was the `Trade Bank of Iraq,`" SITE
quoted the ISI as saying in a statement posted on Islamic
militant websites yesterday.

The Trade Bank of Iraq is the conduit for much of the
government`s foreign exchange transactions and its dealings
with investors.

The bombers struck outside the facility in a major
thoroughfare in the mainly Sunni Arab Mansur district that is
a gateway to the fortified Green Zone housing government and
embassy buildings.

"Despite the care taken by the... government in fortifying
this institution... the soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq
were able to... reach the target," the militant network said.

"Most of the stories of the building were destroyed," and
most of the staff working at the bank were killed including
the bank manager," SITE quoted the group as saying.

Suicide bombers in two cars killed 26 people and wounded
53 in the Iraqi on Sunday when they drove down a crowded
street and blew themselves up simultaneously, security
officials had said.
The twin bombs marked the deadliest day in Iraq since May
10 when four bombs in the mainly Shiite central city of Hilla
and other attacks killed more than 100 people -- the highest
toll of this year.

PTI

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