Iraqi Governor escapes assassination
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Last Updated: Monday, November 07, 2011, 16:25
Baghdad: Police say the governor of Iraq's largest Sunni province has escaped an assassination attempt on a highway in a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad.

Iraqi police say the governor of Anbar province, Qasim al-Fahadawi, escaped unhurt this morning after a roadside bomb hit his motorcade as it headed to Baghdad.

A provincial media official says three bodyguards were wounded in the attack.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to brief the media.

Al-Fahadawi has been a frequent target for insurgents. He lost a leg in a 2009 bombing at his office in the city of Ramadi.

The attack comes as Anbar officials consider joining other provinces to create a semi-autonomous Sunni region in Iraq.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 07, 2011, 16:25

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