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On Thursday 10/09/2008 noon, a remote controlled bomb hit a convoy carrying lawmakers loyal to anti-USA cleric Moqtada Sadr in Baghdad, seriously injuring the senior member of the Shiite Parliamentary block Saleh al-Auqaeili, who died later from his wounds. The blast occurred as Saleh al-Auqaeili’s car passed about 200 meters away from an Iraqi army checkpoint in the Habibiyah area near Baghdad’s main Shiite district of Sadr City (see also – Baghdad 10.02.08 ).

Moqtada Sadr’s Parliamentary block has 30 seats in the 275-member Iraqi parliament. Saleh al-Auqaeili became the first Iraqi MP to be killed since the 04/12/2007 suicide bombing of the national parliament, where one politician and seven other people died (see – Mohammed al-Daini).

In another attack an Iraqi Sunni army leader, working with USA forces, was killed in a roadside bomb along with two of his children and nephew, on Thursday 10/09/2008, in the city of Baquba, security officials said. Abbas Khudair, who heads Sahwa (Awakening Council), which is financed by American forces, was targeted as he drove with his family in the Al-Uthaim area in Baquba.

The attack was carried out a day after a female suicide bomber (see – Samira Jassim)  has killed at least nine people at a courthouse in Baquba, capital of Iraq’s Diyala province, north of Baghdad, on Wednesday 10/08/2008 noon. Six security personnel were among the dead.

An Iraqi official said a second male attacker failed to detonate his bomb vest and was arrested on the spot.

Another Sahwa (Awakening Council) leader was shot dead in the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Wednesday night by unidentified gunmen.

 

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