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Iraqi Sahwa Leader Escapes Bomb Attack

Armed Sahwa militiamen opposed to Al-Qaeda (file photo)
Iraqi authorities say a prominent leader of a Sunni tribal militia opposed to Al-Qaeda has escaped an assassination attempt.

The Interior Ministry said two suicide bombers blew themselves up near Wisam al-Hardan’s home in Baghdad's western Harthiyah neighborhood on September 2, killing five bodyguards and wounding four others.

Hardan was apparently not hurt in the attack.

He was recently appointed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to lead the Sahwa, a collection of Sunni tribal militias fighting Al-Qaeda members and other militants.

Meanwhile, in Mosul, a roadside bomb blew up near the convoy of the Turkish consul in the northern city. Reports said no one was wounded in the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP