At least five people died and six others were wounded in an attack on a political candidate in the northern province of Nineveh, Iraqi police sources told Efe Wednesday.
A suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with explosives he was wearing in the garden of the home of sheikh Yunes al-Ramah, who is a candidate in the provincial elections scheduled for Thursday.
The attack occurred on Tuesday night when Al-Ramah, who is the head of a clan in the Al Hadar zone, 70 kilometers (43 miles) southwest of Mosul, was meeting in his home with family members and friends.
Voters will go to the polls on Thursday to select the members of provincial councils for Al Anbar and Nineveh.
Originally scheduled for April 20, the voting in those provinces was postponed due to security concerns.
Iraq is currently experiencing a resurgence of violence with numerous attacks being staged against security forces and the Shi'ites.
May was Iraq's bloodiest month in more than five years, with 1,045 people dying in violent incidents, according to the U.N. mission in the country.
On Tuesday, at least 32 people died and 57 others were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a Shi'ite mosque in northern Baghdad. EFE