Baghdad: The leader of a government-backed
Sunni militia was killed in a bombing west of Baghdad on Wednesday,
one in a series of attacks targeting Iraqi security forces and
The bomb that killed local Awakening Council leader
Mohammed al-Hamdani and wounded a bodyguard was attached to a
car and exploded in Hamdaniya, a village in the Abu Ghraib
district, police and hospital officials said.
The Sunni militia groups, known as Awakening Councils,
are frequently targeted by insurgents. The groups joined US
and Iraqi troops to fight al-Qaida in Iraq.
Though violence has declined dramatically from just a few
years ago, when Iraq teetered on the brink of civil war,
attacks continue to strike the capital and other areas. The
violence is a serious challenge for Iraq`s police and military
as the US prepares to withdraw all combat forces by the end of
Police said another so-called sticky bomb that was
attached to a civilian car driven by a police officer exploded
in eastern Baghdad, killing a beggar on the street and
wounding four other people, including the driver.
A suicide bomber also rammed his explosive-laden car into
a passing police patrol in the northern city of Mosul,
wounding 13 people including three policemen, officials said.
Two other bombs in Baghdad and a village to the north
wounded six people, including two Iraqi army soldiers, two
young girls and two street sweepers, according to police and
A senior official at Iraq`s Ministry of Higher Education,
meanwhile, escaped an assassination attempt. A roadside bomb
targeted the convoy carrying Adnan Ibrahim, the general
director of the ministry`s planning department. Ibrahim was
unharmed, but three guards and two bystanders were wounded.
The officials reporting the violence spoke on condition
of anonymity because they weren`t authorized to release the