|Al-Qaeda offshoot claims responsibility for bombing|
|Monday, 09 May 2011 20:36|
Al-Qaeda's offshoot in Iraq has claimed a suicide car bomb attack that killed 24 policemen and wounded 72 others last week in Hilla, south of Baghdad, US monitoring group SITE Intelligence reported yesterday.
"The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) claimed responsibility for the May 5th suicide bombing in the city of Hilla in Babil province of Iraq in a communique issued on jihadist forums yesterday, SITE said in a statement.
The Hilla blast was the deadliest to hit Iraq since March 29, when a band of Al-Qaeda gunmen and suicide bombers managed to storm a provincial council building in the central city of Tikrit killing 58 people.
The attack also came just three days after Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in a covert US commando raid in Pakistan. - AFP.