A suicide bomber on Sunday killed a deputy leader of an influential Iraqi Sunni Arab political party as he and other politicians met to discuss an upcoming provincial election, the party's leader said.
Hassan Zaidan al-Lihebi, deputy leader of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, was killed by a suicide bomber who stormed his house, shot at guards and blew himself up in a crowded reception room, Saleh al-Mutlaq, the party's leader, told Reuters.
"The information that I have is just that he was killed and many others were wounded."
Police sources said between one and four other people were also killed, including a policeman, in the attack in the town of Qaiyara, south of the northern city of Mosul.
The Jan. 31 provincial election will pick local councils that in turn elect powerful provincial governors. It will be the first ballot fully organized and supervised by Iraqi authorities since US occupation.
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