Pro-Allawi MP killed in north Iraq: Medic

An Iraqi MP from the secular Iraqiya bloc was assassinated in Mosul.

Mosul: An Iraqi MP from the secular Iraqiya bloc of Iyad Allawi was assassinated on Monday in the restive northern city of Mosul, a doctor at the city`s main hospital said.

"Gunmen set up an ambush for MP Bashar Hamid al-Graydi outside his house in the Amil neighbourhood and opened fire when he got home," a police officer said, adding the lawmaker was rushed to hospital in "serious condition”.

Doctor Fares al-Obeidi confirmed that Graydi died of his wounds.

The Iraqiya bloc of former premier Allawi won the March 07 vote with 91 seats in Iraq`s 325-member Council of Representatives, while incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s State of Law alliance came second with 89 seats.

Mosul, 350 kilometres north of Baghdad, is the capital of Nineveh province -- one of the country`s most violent cities and a hotspot of insurgent attacks.


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