- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

CAIRO (AP) - An al-Qaida front group is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a police training academy in Baghdad that killed about 30 people on Sunday.

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq says in an Internet statement that a suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest carried out the attack. The message’s authenticity could not be verified.

Sunday’s attack was the worst in Baghdad in months. It served as a reminder that Iraq’s security remains shaky as the U.S. prepares to begin withdrawing troops later this year.

The Islamic State of Iraq purports to be an umbrella organization that includes al-Qaida in Iraq and other extremist groups. The Internet statement was posted Wednesday on an Islamic Web site commonly used by the group.

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