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Yemeni arrested for Arbil bombings claimed by group linked to Al-Qaeda

A Yemeni man was arrested on suspicion of plotting deadly twin suicide bombings in northern Iraq, as Islamist militants allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda said they carried out the carnage. The suspect was arrested in a hotel in the northern oil centre of Kirkuk, with explosives found in his possession, a television station owned by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) reported. According to the broadcasts, police were tipped off by a taxi driver who said he had driven one of the suspected suicide bombers from the Kirkuk hotel to a bus station in Arbil a few days before Sunday’s deadly attacks. He came forward after seeing pictures of the suspected bomber on another television station. US suspicions that foreign terror networks organized the bombings, the deadliest post-war attacks in Iraq, were compounded when the Islamist Ansar al-Sunna group claimed responsibility for the Arbil blasts. At least 105 people were killed in the bombings that decimated festivities organized by two Kurdish political parties for a major Muslim festival in Arbil, 330 kilometres (220 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Full Story

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