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Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb has killed the governor of the southern Shi'ite majority province of Muthanna. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

Insurgents killed the governor of Iraq's southern province of Muthanna, Mohammed Ali al-Hassani, in a roadside bomb attack in the provincial capital Samawa. The governor was traveling in a convoy and in an armored car for protection when the bomb exploded.

Ahmed Marzoq with the Muthanna Governing Council says the bombing was a politically-motivated.

He says they used a very special and powerful bomb to penetrate the governor's armored car.

Officials say at least three of Mohammed Ali al-Hassani's bodyguards were wounded in the blast.

On August 11, Khalil Jalil Hamza, governor of Diwaniyah province, and police chief, Maj. Gen. Khalid Hassan, were killed, along with their driver and a bodyguard in a roadside bombing attack.

The governor was a member of the influential Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, a group led by Shiite politician Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim. Hakim's loyalists have been fighting the Mahdi Army militia for control of the oil-rich south.

A vehicle curfew was imposed on Samawa shortly after Monday's bombing.

 

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