An explosion from a hand grenade hit the headquarters of Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi’s Taqaddum party in Baghdad early on Friday wounding two guards, police sources said.
The blast caused damage to the building’s doors and windows, police said.
A video shows the moment two suspects throw hand grenades at the headquarters of Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi’s Taqaddum party in #Baghdad wounding two guards. #Iraqhttps://t.co/RWsqGAo3Pz pic.twitter.com/aisAgSIq6g— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 14, 2022
No group claimed responsibility and there was no comment from al-Halbousi or the Iraqi government immediately for the incident.
A similar incident hours later targeted the Baghdad headquarters of the Azm party of another Sunni Muslim politician, Khamis al-Khanjar, police said, but caused only light damage.
There was no claim of responsibility for the second incident.
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Iraq’s parliament, newly elected after an October 10 general election in which the powerful Shia Islam cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was the biggest winner, voted to reinstate al-Halbousi for his second term as speaker on Sunday.
Iran-backed Shia parties and which rival Sadr, opposed the selection of al-Halbousi.