BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb exploded near the homes of senior Iraqi politicians in a heavily guarded neighbourhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding 12, police said.
They said the blast damaged the homes of former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a secular Shi’ite politician, as well as Saleh al-Mutlaq, leader of the National Dialogue Front, a small Sunni Arab party.
Most of the victims from the blast in western Baghdad near the fortified “Green Zone” diplomatic and government compound were police and guards at a checkpoint.
Mutlaq was in Amman, Jordan at the time of the blast, his wife, also in Amman, told Reuters by telephone. It was not immediately clear if Allawi was at home. Other officials also live in the area.
Late last month a car bomb was found near the office of the leader of a larger Sunni Arab bloc, the Accordance Front. Accordance Front leader Adnan al-Dulaimi was confined to his home for several days after his son and dozens of members of his entourage were detained, accused of having links to the bomb.
Iraq has seen a dramatic decrease in violence over the last several months after the United States sent 30,000 additional troops to the country, but assassinations remain frequent and political parties are divided on sectarian and ethnic lines.
Writing by Peter Graff, Editing by Dean Yates; Baghdad newsroom