Iraqi killed in blast as another cleric assassinated
A roadside bomb went off in the central Iraqi city of Samarra and mortar rounds landed near a U.S. military outpost in attacks that killed one and wounded three others, including two children, police said Tuesday.
The mortar rounds hit a residential neighborhood near a U.S. military base after dawn on Tuesday, wounding the two youngsters, said Police Maj. Saadoun Ahmed Matroud, according to The AP.
The late Monday roadside blast in the Jubairiya neighborhood killed one bystander and wounded another, Matroud told The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, masked gunmen on Tuesday assassinated a Sunni cleric north of Baghdad, police said. Sheikh Ghalib Ali al-Zuhairi was a member of the Association of Muslim Scholars, an influential Sunni clerics group that has spoken against nationwide elections to be held Jan. 30.
Al-Zuhairi was shot as he was leaving Thiyaba Mosque in the town of Muqdadiyah after dawn prayers, said Col. Raisan Hussein.
A day earlier, unknown gunmen assassinated another prominent Sunni cleric in the northern city of Mosul. (albawaba.com)
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