Car bombs target Iraq tribal leader

Influential chieftain survives suicide attack but son is killed.

    Anbar in western Iraq has  been plagued by violence

    Salam al-Zobaie, Iraq's deputy prime minister, belongs to al-Dari's tribe. The deputy prime minister survived an assassination bid last week.

    Al-Zobaie was wounded in the attack at his home in Baghdad.

     

    An aide said the suicide bomber was one of his own guards.

     

    Suicide bombers have targeted a number of tribal leaders amid a growing struggle in Anbar between the group and tribes who oppose it.

     

    More violence

    Mortar rounds slammed into a Shia area in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding 14, while sectarian clashes erupted for a fourth consecutive day south of the capital.

    The mortar attack occurred in Abu Dasheer, a Shia enclave in the Sunni-dominated Dora neighbourhood in southern Baghdad. Police said those killed included two children, a woman and a man.

     

    In Iskandariyah, 50km south of Baghdad, suspected Shia fighters broke into a Sunni mosque and planted explosives that damaged the gate and a fence, the police said.

     

    Clashes broke out about an hour later, leaving four Sunni fighters and one Shia fighter wounded.

     

    The clashes were followed by a mortar attack on a nearby Shia mosque. The rounds landed in a courtyard and did not damage the mosque, although a pedestrian was wounded.

     

    A Shia man and his three sons also were wounded when a mortar round struck their house in Haswa, about 5km east of Iskandariyah.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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