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Apr 25, 2014 1:34 PM by David Randall

25 killed at Iraq campaign rally for Shiite group

BAGHDAD (AP) - Police and hospital officials say the death toll in a series of bombing at a campaign rally for a militant Shiite group in Iraq's capital has risen to 25 people killed.

The explosions struck Friday as some 10,000 supporters of Asaib Ahl al-Haq gathered at the Industrial Stadium in eastern Baghdad for the rally of the Iranian-backed group. The afternoon event was organized to introduce the group's candidates for Wednesday's vote.

Two Associated Press reporters were at the stadium when the blasts, spread over about 10 minutes, hit the complex. Intense gunfire rang out after the first blast and continued throughout.

The officials said some of the wounded were in critical condition.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

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