Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Iraq bombings: statement

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility for a wave of car bombings across Iraq that killed at least 60 people on Monday.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was formed earlier this year through a merger between al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, said in a statement posted online it had carried out the attacks in response to the mistreatment of the Sunni community.

(Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)