The governor of the province, Qassim al-Fahdawi, says that the as-yet unnamed person was killed in an suicide attack, according to reports by AP. It is thought that the individual was a Sunni Muslim .
The region has been dogged by protests  in recent weeks by Iraq's minority Sunny population against the Shia-led Baghdad government.
The recent protests were started after the mass-arrest of bodyguards  assigned to Iraq’s Sunni finance minister. The slain lawmaker was from the same al-Issawi tribe as the government minister.