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5 killed at Iraq campaign rally for Shiite group
5 killed as Iraq campaign rally for Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq ahead of election
By HAMZA HENDAWI
Associated Press
2014-04-25 11:22 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombs have exploded at a campaign rally for a Shiite group in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, killing at least five people.

Some 10,000 were at the rally Friday for Asaib Ahl al-Haq at Industrial Stadium in eastern Baghdad at the time of the blasts. Intense gunfire followed.

Police and medical officials say the blasts killed at least five people and wounded 15. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to release the information.

Followers of Asaib Ahl al-Haq carried out deadly attacks against U.S. troops before their withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 and claimed responsibility for the 2007 kidnapping of a British contractor along with his four guards.

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Associated Press writer Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report.

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