Explosions in Baghdad killed at least six people including an official from the coalition that opposes the Shiite-led national government, Al-Mada newspaper reported.
Mazin Abu Kalal, a member of former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s opposition al-Iraqiya voting bloc, was killed as he left his office in Kirkuk when two bombs were detonated remotely, according to the newspaper.
Abu Kalal, head of the al-Iraqiya bloc in the province of Kirkuk, was killed immediately and two of his guards were wounded, the newspaper said.
Tensions have been on the rise since Sunnis began anti- government protests in December to demand that Shiite Muslim Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki share more power. They worsened on April 23 when troops backed by helicopters stormed a plaza in Hawija, killing at least 20 protesters.
Explosions in two Sunni neighborhoods of Baghdad yesterday killed at least five people and injured more than 30, according to Al-Mada.
Two people died and 13 were wounded when a bomb hidden in a bag went off inside a cafe in Ameriyah, in western Baghdad, the newspaper said, citing security officials.
Three people were killed and 19 were injured by mortar shells in Swaib, also in western Baghdad, the newspaper said, citing a source in the interior ministry.
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