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Bomb targets headquarters of 2 Sunni parties in Baghdad

Two bomb attacks on Friday targeted the headquarters of two major Sunni parties in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, causing no casualties, an Interior Ministry source said.

The attacks took place in the morning when unidentified gunmen threw hand grenades at the headquarters of the Taqaddum Alliance, led by the re-elected Speaker of Parliament, Mohammed al-Halbousi.

In the Adhamiyah neighborhood in northern Baghdad, the source told the reporter on condition of anonymity.

Another hand grenade attack targeted the Azem Alliance headquarters, led by businessman Khamis al-Khanjar, in the Yarmouk neighborhood in the west of the capital, the source said.

Previously, the two Sunni groups allied to form a larger Sunni parliamentary group, which included 65 Sunni lawmakers, who later succeeded in allying with the Sadrist Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP.

They all subsequently voted to re-elect al-Halbousi as speaker of parliament on January 9, when the Iraqi parliament held its first session, which witnessed a heated debate between parliamentary blocs.

Iraqi parliamentary elections, originally scheduled for 2022, were held on October 10, 2021, in response to months of protests against corruption, poor governance and a lack of public services.

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