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Iraqi politician killed ahead of parliamentary vote

Sheikh Abdulkarim Dousari and his aides had been attacked by gunmen in the Iraqi city of Basra

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An Iraqi Islamist politician has been killed along with one of his aides after an attack by gunmen on Friday, ahead of next week’s parliamentary election.

Sheikh Abdulkarim Dousari and his entourage were attacked by gunmen in the Iraqi city of Basra, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

Two others were wounded in the attack, among them is Dousari’s son, the correspondent said.

The news comes after at least three explosions tore through a campaign rally Friday for a militant Shiite group in Iraq’s capital Baghdad.

More than 9,000 candidates are taking part in Wednesday’s elections and will vie for 328 seats in parliament.