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Iraqi Leaders Mourn Slain Sunni Lawmaker


Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki Saturday joined other Iraqi leaders in mourning a top Sunni lawmaker who was gunned down outside a Baghdad mosque.

Mr. Maliki, along with Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi and lawmakers attended the funeral of Harith al-Obeidi, the leader of the main Sunni bloc in Iraq's parliament, the National Accordance Front.

Obeidi and four others were gunned down after Friday prayers at the al-Shawaf mosque in the Yarmouk area of the capital. Police say mosque guards chased the assailant, who detonated a grenade and was killed as he fled.

Prime Minister Maliki has ordered an investigation into the attack, which he called "a futile attempt to incite sectarian strife."

Elsewhere in the capital, the U.S. military said one of its soldiers was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad Friday.

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill and U.S. General Ray Odierno condemned Friday's attack on Obeidi and said the "senseless act of violence against an elected official shows " an "utter disregard" for the will of Iraqis who seek peace and prosperity.

In a joint statement, the U.S. officials said the fact that the attack took place at a mosque "makes it even more reprehensible."


Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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