Zarqawi group 'attacked Iraq polling stations'
The group of Iraq's most wanted man, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for suicide attacks against polling stations in Iraq on Sunday, according to an Internet statement.
"The Al-Qaeda Group of Jihad in the Land of Two Rivers honoured its promises by the soldiers of its martyrdom-seeking brigade," said a statement posted on an Islamist website and whose authenticity could not be verified.
"In Baghdad, lions... Sunday launched attacks on more than one polling centre, including in Al-Mansur, the cities of Al-Jamiaa and Al-Adl, killing policemen, members of the national guard and Americans, the enemies of God," it said.
The statement also cited attacks in the Sunni dominant cities of Mosul, Samarra, Tel Afar and Baquba.
The US Army said there were seven suicide bombings around Baghdad on Sunday.
At least 19 people have been killed in attacks, mainly in Baghdad, as insurgents attempt to thwart Iraq's milestone elections.
Zarqawi, a Jordanian-born fugitive with a 25-million-dollar US price on his head, has threatened to attack anyone involved in Sunday's polls.