Al Jazeera
May 11, 2010

Al-Qaeda in Iraq has been blamed for a wave of deadly attacks across the country that left at least 85 people dead and more than 300 injured.

Officials said that the more than two dozen bombings and shootings on Monday were a response to the killings and arrests of some of the group’s senior figures, and were an attempt to disrupt efforts to form a new government.

“Despite strong strikes that broke al-Qaeda, there are some cells still working, attempting to prove their existence and their influence,” Major General Qassim al-Moussawi, Baghdad’s security spokesman, said.

In the bloodiest incident on Monday, two suicide car bombers drove into the entrance of a textile factory as workers were ending a shift in the town of Hilla, south of Baghdad, a regional office of the national media centre said.


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