Five killed in Iraq blasts

Published March 28th, 2010 - 01:00 GMT

Several bombs went off Sunday near a house linked to a prominent Sunni figure who ran in this month's parliamentary elections in Iraq, killing five people and injuring 26 others, a police official said.


Sunday's blasts took place in the town of Qaim, about 320 kilometers west of Baghdad and on the border with Syria, the police official said.


The first bomb, planted at a house under construction, went off at 7 a.m. in a busy area of Qaim. As onlookers gathered, four more bombs hidden in trash littered around the site detonated, causing the casualties. According to the AP, the official said the house belongs to a brother of Sheik Murdhi Muhammad al-Mahalawi, a Sunni candidate who ran on the Iraqiya list led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, the top vote-getter in the March 7 balloting.


Neither al-Mahalawi's brother nor any construction workers were at the site when the bombs exploded, said the official.



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