DUBAI – An alliance of Sunni groups headed by Al Qaeda in Iraq said in an Internet statement on Friday that it carried out a deadly suicide bomb attack inside the Iraqi parliament building. “After studying the area… a hero from the Islamic state of Iraq wearing an explosive belt infiltrated the apostates of the parliament. Allah used his hand to destroy the group of infidels,” the self-styled Islamic Nation of Iraq said in the Internet statement.
Thursday”s bombing killed one parliamentarian and wounded 22 other people in the legislature’s cafeteria, the US military said on Friday, revising the previous day”s toll down from eight reported dead and 23 wounded.
“The right to legislate belongs to God alone, and whoever disputes that is an apostate. The members of parliament deserve only death,” the Internet statement said.
“We delayed the announcement (claiming the bombing) to enable our men to withdraw,” it added, also threatening to launch “more violent attacks.”