Suicide Bomber Hugs, Blows Up Sunni Leader
Iraqi politician killed at family gathering ahead of local elections
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
Hundrends of Iraqi protesters demonstrate against an election law they said reduced the number of seats in their province, Nineveh.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Sunni Muslim leader Younis al-Rammah died hugging a man at a family gathering in northern Iraq today. Turns out, the man wasn't a family member at all, but a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest. As he embraced al-Rammah, the bomber blew himself up, killing al-Rammah and four of his relatives, Reuters reports. "Body parts and human flesh covered the garden of the house where the attack happened," say local police. Six others were injured, reports the AFP.

No one has taken responsibility for the bombing, but authorities are pinning most recent attacks, which have spiked this year, on a local wing of al-Qaeda. The attack on al-Rammah, the leader of the moderate United Iraq Gathering party, comes a day before local elections in the Sunni-majority Nineveh province. Al-Rammah was not running, reports the AFP, but several of his party members were.

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Jun 20, 2013 5:54 AM CDT
Apparently, these people are so obsessed with killing someone, anyone they even kill their own! They must have run out of unbelievers & "infidels"!
Jun 19, 2013 10:01 PM CDT
I'd love to see a crazy religion pop up that does this to our D.C. lobbyists and the corrupt treasonists that accept their money to alter policy.
Jun 19, 2013 8:45 PM CDT