15 killed in bombings at campaign rally

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 11:34 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings at a campaign rally in Iraq's capital today have left at least 15 people dead and 25 wounded.

The bombs went off at a rally for a Shiite group ahead of the country's parliamentary election. Some 10,000 people had gathered at a stadium in eastern Baghdad for the rally, at which the group planned to announce its candidates for Wednesday's election.

Followers of the Shiite group carried out deadly attacks against U.S. troops before the pullout from Iraq in 2011. Its leader spent years in U.S. custody. He spoke at today's rally -- but after the blasts, security guards jumped on him and pushed him away from the stadium.

Intense gunfire could be heard after the explosions, as people attending the rally fled to a nearby building under construction in the stadium complex.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, though an al-Qaida spin-off group has used similar tactics.

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APPHOTO CAI203: A column of smoke rises from the site where a series of bombs exploded Friday, April 25, 2014 at a campaign rally for a Shiite group in Baghdad, Iraq, killing several people and wounding nearly two dozen more. The explosions struck as some 10,000 people had gathered at the Industrial Stadium in eastern Baghdad for the Asaib Ahl al-Haq rally, in which the Shiite group planned to announce its candidates for Iraq's parliamentary election Wednesday. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra) (25 Apr 2014)

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