Bombing strikes convoy of Iraqi government official, kills 1 guard

By Saad Abdul-kadir, AP
Monday, October 4, 2010

Bomb hits convoy of Iraqi official, kills 1

BAGHDAD — A roadside bombing targeted the convoy of a deputy minister in Iraq’s government on Monday, killing a bodyguard and wounding at least seven people, police officials said.

In a separate attack, an employee at Iraq’s public works ministry was severely wounded after a bomb attached to his car exploded, police said.

The blasts are part of a wave of apparent Sunni insurgent attacks against security personnel and government workers.

The first explosion struck the convoy of Fouad Al-Moussawi, a deputy minister of sciences and technology, in an area of southeast Baghdad.

Al-Moussawi was not harmed, but one of his security team was killed and four others were wounded, police officials said. Three civilians also were injured. Officials at Ibn Al-Nafess Hospital confirmed the police report.

About two hours later, a bomb affixed to the car of the employee of the public works ministry went off in western Baghdad, leaving him with serious injuries, police and hospital officials said.

All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

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