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Thursday
Jun202013

Hug Leads to Death of Sunni Leader in Iraq

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- A moderate Sunni leader was killed in Iraq Wednesday when a suicide bomber took him into an embrace.

Younis al-Rammah, who heads the United Iraq Gathering in Nineveh Province, died instantly along with four members of his family.

The bomber managed to slip through security by pretending to be an admirer of the political leader.  It's believed he was part of an al Qaeda group bent on creating sectarian warfare between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq.

Wednesday's suicide attack came one day before mostly Sunnis voters will head to the polls in Anbar and Nineveh provinces to cast ballots for provincial councils, a vote that was held in the rest of the country last April.  The vote was postponed due to security concerns.

The turnout Thursday will give Sunnis a better idea of how they might fare when parliamentary elections are held next year.

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