World Bulletin/News Desk
A Sunni parliament candidate has survived an attempt on his life in Iraq's restive Anbar province, a local police official said on Sunday.
"A roadside explosive was detonated late Saturday night as the convoy of Mohamed al-Karbouli was passing in Al-Qa'im district [west of provincial capital Ramadi]," the official said.
An escort to Al-Karbouli was injured but the latter, a candidate for the Sunni United for Reform electoral list, survived the attack unharmed, the official added.
Local police forces cordoned off the area as the escort was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, he added.
The pivotal parliamentary elections are scheduled for Wednesday.
The predominantly Sunni Anbar province continues to witness fighting between government forces and militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group who seized control of large swaths of Anbar's key cities of Ramadi and Anbar in December.
The upcoming parliamentary polls, in which 20 million Iraqis are eligible to vote, will come amid a general militancy uptick in the country, which have also spilled over from the northern and western regions into Baghdad.Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2014, 13:38