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Gunmen kill brother of top Iraqi Sunni politician

Written by: Staff

BAGHDAD, Apr 13 (Reuters) Gunmen killed the brother of a top Sunni Arab politician in Baghdad today, members of his Iraqi Islamic Party said.

Mahmoud Ahmed, brother of Tareq al-Hashemi, was gunned down in central Baghdad. Hashemi is being tipped as the speaker of the new parliament, which is scheduled to meet on Monday.

The killing comes at a time of growing sectarian tension which has raised fears of civil war between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunnis.

The Islamic Party is one the country's main Sunni political organisations.


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