Al Qaida i Irak hevder at 300 selvmordskandidater meldte seg for å hevne kvinnen som skal ha blitt voldtatt av irakisk politi.

«More than 300 militants asked to go on martyrdom (suicide) operations in the first 10 hours of hearing the news,» said the speaker on the tape identified as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri.

It was the first recording purported to be from Masri since some Iraqi officials said he had been wounded in a clash last week. The U.S. military said it had no indication he had been hurt.

Charges by a Sunni woman in Baghdad that she had been raped by the policemen have set off a political furor in Iraq and highlighted the growing friction between the two sects. A second woman has accused soldiers of attacking her in her home in northern Iraq.

«(Government leaders) have cheated the nation and committed so much treason that honor is being violated in the name of politics,» said the speaker.

The authenticity of the 12-minute recording, entitled «To your rescue, sister» could not be verified but it was posted on a Web site often used by Islamists.