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N. Iraq Suicide Bombing Kills District Council Chief


N. Iraq Suicide Bombing Kills District Council Chief

Iraqi officials say suicide bombing in the north killed 2 people, including a district council chief.

Police say the attacker targeted the local politician's car Monday in the city of Tal Afar. One of the politician's bodyguards also was killed.

In another development, Iraqi authorities say a court has sentenced a deputy minister of transport to eight years in prison for corruption.

Adnan al-Obeidi was arrested in September on suspicion of trying to extort half a million dollars from a foreign security company in return for granting it a contract.

Iraqi officials say the company informed anti-corruption officials about the extortion attempt and worked with authorities to catch al-Obeidi in the act of taking a bribe. Police later filmed him demanding $100,000 as a first installment of the bribe.

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