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Bomb targets headquarters of 2 Sunni parties in Baghdad

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Two bomb attacks on Friday targeted headquarters of two major Sunni parties in the Iraqi capital Baghdad without causing casualties, a source with the Interior Ministry said.

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

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

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Another attack with hand grenades targeted headquarters of Azem Alliance, headed by businessman Khamis al-Khanjar, in the Yarmouk neighbourhood in western the capital, the source said.

Earlier, the two Sunni groups allied to form a larger Sunni parliamentary group, including 65 Sunni lawmakers, who later managed to ally themselves with the Sadrist Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP.

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

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

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