Grenade Attack Hits Baghdad Office of Sunni MP

Second attack on Progress bloc in recent days

Someone threw a grenade at the Baghdad office of MP Abdul Karim Abtan, of Iraq’s Progress coalition. There were no injuries, but damage was done to the office.

This is the second time the coalition has been targeted in recent days, as an explosive device was similarly used against the party’s main office in Baghdad on Friday.

There is a lot of tension right now in Iraqi politics. Progress is one of two Sunni blocs, and they and the rival bloc have hard feelings over Progress getting the speakership, a vote which is being challenged in court.

Sectarian tension is also often present in Iraq. It isn’t clear who carried out the attacks, but the very fact that they’ve been hit twice already will doubtless make Progress more nervous, and make deal-making more complicated as suspicion abounds.

Author: Jason Ditz

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