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Iraq’s Deputy PM Survives Suicide Bomber Attack

 From an anxious Reuters:


Iraq deputy PM in hospital after suicide attack

By Waleed Ibrahim

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie was wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a hall where Zobaie was attending prayers on Friday, police and an aide to Zobaie said.

Two guards were killed in the second assassination attempt on a senior member of the U.S.-backed government in a month.

The aide said Zobaie, a member of the main Sunni Arab political bloc, was hit by shrapnel in the abdomen and shoulder. It was not immediately clear how serious his injuries were.

U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver said Zobaie was taken to the U.S. military hospital but could give no information on his condition.

Police sources said Zobaie was targeted by two coordinated attacks — a car bomb at his home and the suicide bomber at the prayer hall where he was at the time.

One police source said four people were killed and 10 wounded in both attacks. Two of the dead were Zobaie’s security guards and Zobaie’s brother was among the wounded, he said.

Another police source put the death toll at five, including an adviser of Zobaie named Mufid Abdel Zahraa, with 12 wounded by the two bombs…

It’s easy to forget the true courage it takes to be a part of the Iraqi government.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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