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Al Qaeda in Iraq claims responsibility for deadly attack

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The recent suicide bombings killed 46 people and wounded dozens
  • Former militants now being paid by the government were targeted

(CNN) -- Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility Friday for two recent suicide bombings that killed 46 people and wounded dozens more.

The attacks targeted members of the Awakening Council, former Sunni militants now in the pay of the Iraqi government. The militant group claimed responsibility on an Islamic website.

Awakening Council members, also known as Sons of Iraq, are credited with helping bring down violence in Iraq in the past two years. They are a frequent target of al Qaeda and other anti-government militants.