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One killed in car bomb targeting Iraq election candidate

One killed in car bomb targeting Iraq election candidate

BAGHDAD: A targeted an election candidate in Iraq’s contested city today, killing one person and wounding 11, a said.

The blast in the multi-ethnic city, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Baghdad, came as war-torn gears up for legislative elections on May 12.

Iraqi troops last year seized the vital oil-rich region from Kurdish forces after a controversial vote for independence in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish zone.

Turkmens largely welcomed the return of government control forces, years after the Kurds took over the area amid the chaos of the Islamic State group’s march across in 2014.

Since the return of Baghdad’s forces, the region has seen clashes between Kurdish fighters and Turkmen units of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces, officially controlled by the government.

Candidate Kahya is an advisor to Falah al-Fayadh, who official heads the Hashed.

Elections in have typically been accompanied by violence since the ouster of dictator by the US-led invasion in 2003.