Always remember: its only a tiny minority of extremists, can’t blame all Muslims, nothing to do with Islam, Â (mind to fill in the rest…?)
A female suicide bomber killed four people and injured 23 in an attack Sunday on a government building in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western Anbar province.
Local officials said the attacker detonated explosives strapped to her body in the reception room of the provincial government headquarters.
The attack came as U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was meeting Iraqi officials in Baghdad.
In a separate incident, police shot a suicide bomber near the provincial government’s headquarters in Mosul, although the bomber still managed to detonate his explosive belt, an American military official said. Iraqi police said two policemen were wounded in the blast.
The targeting of Iraqi government offices is a hallmark of al-Qaeda, which may be looking to use Biden’s visit and the U.S. Independence Day holiday as a reminder of Iraq’s continuing instability.
Also on Sunday, a prominent Sunni official was injured in what police said was an assassination attempt in Kirkuk. Mulla Mustafa Hussein, head of the Sunni Endowment in the northern city, was leaving his office when an explosives-laden car blew up next to his convoy, said Brig.-Gen. Sarhad Qadir. Hussein’s three bodyguards and eight civilians were also injured in the Sunday afternoon blast, he said.
Whether Iraq’s ongoing political instability would lead to violence has been a concern since the March election, when the Shia prime minister’s State of Law coalition narrowly lost to Ayad Allawi’s Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance, 89 seats to 91. That left both groups far short of the 163-seat majority needed to govern outright.