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Iraq: dozens killed outside election rally

Iraq: dozens killed outside election rally
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Three explosions in Baghdad have killed dozens of people as they were leaving an election rally in the east of the capital.

A roadside bomb blew up near the gate outside the meeting. Followed by a suicide car bomb after a few minutes. Then a third explosion.

A Sunni jihadist group has claimed responsibility.

Iraqi national elections are due to take place in less than a week on April 30.

Militant group Asaib Ahl Haq was introduced its candidates the rally.

The Iranian-backed Shi’a group is accused by some Sunnis and Shi’ites of carrying out killings and driving families from their homes.

The groups leader, who was at the rally, has always denied the allegations and said his movement defends Iraq against terrorism.