Sunni governor escapes assassination in Iraq

Mourners pray over the two bodies killed in a car bomb attack before their burial in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 20, 2013. A wave of car bombings across Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods and in the southern city of Basra killed and wounded dozens of people, police said. (AP Photo/ Alaa al-Marjani)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say that the governor of Iraq’s northern Sunni-dominated province of Ninevah has escaped an assassination attempt that left two people killed and three others wounded.

Two provincial police officials said that the Thursday night attack occurred when a car bomb went off next to the motorcade of Atheel al-Nujaifi in the volatile city of Mosul, 360 kilometers (220 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Police say the governor, the brother of parliament speaker Osmam al-Nujaifi, escaped unhurt but two civilian passers-by were killed.

A hospital official confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.

Mosul has been recently the scene of a series of deadly attacks and clashes amid a rising tide of sectarian and political violence hitting Iraq.

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