Grenade explosion rocks Iraqi parliament speaker’s headquarters, wounds two

Police sources said that a grenade exploded at the headquarters of the Progress Party led by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi in Baghdad early this morning, wounding two guards.

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Police said the explosion damaged the doors and windows of the building.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, and there was no immediate comment from al-Halbousi or the Iraqi government about the incident.

Police said that a similar incident hours later targeted the headquarters of the Al-Azm Party in Baghdad to which another Sunni politician, Khamis al-Khanjar, belonged, but caused only minor damage.

No one has claimed responsibility for the second incident.

Iraq’s parliament, newly elected after the October 10 general election in which powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was the biggest winner, voted to reinstate al-Halbousi as president for a second term on Sunday.

Iran-backed Shiite parties that compete with Sadr opposed the choice of al-Halbousi.

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