BAGHDAD: An Al-Qaeda front group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Trade Bank of Iraq earlier this week that killed at least 18 people.
The Islamic State of Iraq says in a statement on its website that its militants targeted the state-run financial center as a strike against the stalled government. The statement was posted on Wednesday.
The group called the bank a stronghold of evil.
It also gloated about its ease in penetrating security measures meant to protect the bank, which was established to attract foreign investment in the wake of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Suicide bombers detonated two cars packed with explosives outside the bank on Monday.