The head of the Sunni Endowments in Iraq, Mahdi al-Sumaidi, along with three of his security staff, was critically wounded Sunday in a car bombing on his convoy west of Baghdad, an Iraqi police source confirmed to Al Arabiya.
The explosion happened as Sumaidi left the Omar al-Mukhtar Mosque in the al-Yarmouk neighborhood west of Baghdad, after finishing Eid al-Fitr prayers, Iraqi media said.
“Ambulances hurried to the scene, and the bodies were taken to the forensics,” Al-Sumaria News reported. “The security forces cordoned the scene and cut off all roads leading to it.”
Sumaidi, who extremist Sunni groups viewed as aligned with the government, had called for all Iraqis to disarm after the formal withdrawal of U.S. troops last year, saying that those who carried weapons were against Iraq and its interests.
He also recently defended Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s stance that there should not be foreign intervention in Syria’s civil war, which angered Sunni moderates and extremists alike.