Lawmaker from Allawi’s Iraqiya list killed in Iraq


Iraqi officials say a newly elected lawmaker from the Sunni-backed Iraqiya list that won the March 7 elections has been killed in a drive-by shooting in northern Iraq.

A spokesman for the Iraqiya list said Bashar Mohammed Hamid Ahmed was killed in the city of Mosul Monday.

Ahmed was elected as part of the Iraqiya list, which won 91 seats in parliament, in large part due to Sunni support in areas such as Mosul. Iraqiya narrowly beat a coalition led by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

A spokesman for Iraqiya, Abdul-Rahman al-Budeir, said authorities arrested two suspects.

There was no claim of responsibility. Sunni officials have sometimes been targeted by insurgent groups, who see them as collaborators with the Shiite-backed government. AP