A Sunni Muslim lawmaker was killed Tuesday by a suicide bomber in the restive stretches of western Iraq, two days after another Sunni official survived a bombing in the same area.
Ifan Saadoun Issawi was on his way to attend protests against the government when he was slain in Fallouja, Anbar province Gov. Qassim Fahdawi told the Associated Press. He was reportedly from the same tribe and political bloc as Rafia Issawi, the Sunni finance minister targeted Sunday. Issawi was not harmed.
The slain lawmaker was inspecting a road when the bomber approached him, his office chief told Agence France-Presse. "The moment he stepped out of the car to check out this road between Fallouja and Amriya, at this moment, there was a man," Sohaib Haqi told the news agency. "He came to him, hugged him, said Allahu Akbar [God is great], and blew himself up."
Six other people perished in the attack, according to news reports. No group immediately stepped forward Tuesday to claim responsibility for the assault, but the two bombings echoed other attacks by Sunni Muslim extremists such as Al Qaeda.