The prime minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, survived an assassination attempt in Baquba, where he was campaigning on Saturday. According to witnesses, a suicide bomber detonated himself at a security checkpoint as Haider al-Abadi’s convoy passed by. In the confusion, bomb disposal experts rushed to take away a second bomb they found at the scene. There were no immediate reports of deaths.
A terrorist attack has taken place in #Baquba during the electoral campaign of #IAainttps://t.co/bp9rgGloWx — Statement from Haider al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) April 27, 2015
The attack underlines the perilous security situation for both Iraq’s government and its voters as they prepare to take part in today’s election. On Saturday, Iraq’s Special Tribunal began criminal proceedings against Saddam Hussein for the mass killings of thousands of people at the Anfal Campaign, a government siege in 1988 in which hundreds of Shiites were killed. As the day wore on, the news came in from Anbar province of a car bomb attack in Ramadi, a fierce center of insurgency since the U.S. invasion, that had killed at least 30 people.
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