Five people died in violence in Baghdad and central Iraq on Monday, including a roadside bomb targeting a junior minister, medical and security officials said. According to AFP, a convoy transporting Fuad al-Mussawi, a deputy minister of science and technology, hit a bomb along a road in the upscale neighbourhood of Jadriyah, in the centre of the capital.
The minister was unharmed, but the early morning explosion killed one of his guards and injured four other people, said an interior ministry official. Also in central Baghdad, an employee of a telephone exchange died and another was hurt by a bomb which detonated near Al-Alwiyah communications centre in Karrada. And in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, a bomb attack killed three people in the mixed town of Jalawlah.