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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:54 AM

Suicide bomber kills Iraqi Sunni Muslim lawmaker

Source: Reuters

Suicide bomber kills Iraqi Sunni Muslim lawmaker

ALLUJA, Iraq | Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:55am EST

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed an influential Iraqi Sunni Muslim lawmaker and his bodyguard on Tuesday in Anbar province, where thousands of protesters have been rallying daily against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Posing as a construction worker, the attacker targeted Efan al-Esawi, a member of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc who once helped organize a campaign against al Qaeda at the height of the war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, police and local officials said.

No one claimed responsibility for the bombing but it may point to attempts by insurgents to fan tensions over the mass Sunni Muslim protests, which have revived worries of a slide back into the sectarian bloodletting of Iraq's recent past.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-iraq-violence-idUSBRE90E0HB20130115

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