Baghdad: A roadside bomb on Friday went off in
the northern city of Mosul, narrowly missing a member of a
Sunni-backed political bloc but killing one of his bodyguards,
Iraqi officials said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but
Sunni Islamic militants often target lawmakers and government
officials because they view them as supporting the Shiite-led
Mohammed al-Khalidi had just attended a meeting with
one of the top leaders of Sunni-backed bloc Iraqiya and was
travelling in his convoy when the bomb went off, said a
spokesman for the bloc, Abdul-Rahman al-Baider.
Two of his bodyguards were injured in the blast and
another died after being taken to the hospital, said police
and medical officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorised to speak to the media.