Iraqi former female minister wounded in grenade attack

08:58, June 29, 2011      

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A former female minister was wounded in an attack launched by unidentified assailants in northern Iraq on Tuesday, a local police source said.

Bayan Dezehi, once the Minister of Housing in Iraq's last cabinet, was attacked in Tuz near the violence-plagued city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the capital Baghdad, the source told Xinhua, asking not to be named.

The attackers threw grenades at Dezehi's car, wounding the woman and her driver, the source said.

Dezehi, a Kurd, is a member of the Patriotic Union party which is one of the two prominent blocs dominating the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and is led by President Jalal Talabani.

Overall violence in Iraq has ebbed from its peak in 2006 to 2007 when the country nearly descended into civil war, but bombings and shootings still remain daily occurrences. Iraqi security forces and governments are particularly targeted by insurgents and militias.

Source: Xinhua
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