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    Attacks kill 7 in Iraq, including politician

    BAGHDAD — Gunmen in Iraq shot to death a Shi’ite politician running for Parliament in the upcoming elections in April, one of seven people killed in attacks across the country on Friday, officials said.

    Hamza al-Shimmari, who was on the list of the Ahrar party — which is loyal to firebrand Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr — for the April 30 vote, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad’s western Ghazaliyah neighborhood, police officials said.

    The attack came as Al Qaeda-led militants are battling for control of mainly Sunni areas to the west of the Iraqi capital in a key test of the Shi’ite-led government’s ability to maintain security in the country more than two years after the withdrawal of US troops.


    In other violence on Friday, a car bomb killed four people and wounded 28 on a commercial street in the northern town of Tuz Khormato, according to the mayor, Shalal Abdoul.

    Associated Press