Bomb hits election campaign office in Baghdad

10:48, February 16, 2010      

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A bomb explosion struck the office of a political group campaigning for Iraq's general elections in Baghdad on Monday, while mortar shells hit a U.S. base in the capital, an Interior Ministry source said.

An explosive charge detonated at the entrance of a building of a campaign office used by a political group in the al-Qahira neighborhood in northern Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast wounded a guard of the office and caused damages to the building and several nearby civilian cars, the source said.

The attack came a day after a series of bombings that hit five offices of political parties, four of them for secular parties, including one belonging to the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, headed by the prominent banned politician Saleh al-Mutlak.

Iraq is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on March 7, and around 19 million eligible people, including 1.4 million living abroad in 16 countries, will take part in the elections to elect 325 lawmakers out of over 6,000 candidates for the upcoming parliament.

Also on Monday morning, several mortar rounds struck a U.S. military base at a building in Baghdad's northeastern district of al-Shaab, the source added.

The source could not get reports about casualties at the building which used to be a government mall before the 2003 U.S.- led invasion.

The U.S. military has no immediate comment on the incident.

Source: Xinhua
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