3 troops killed in Baghdad polling station bombing

By Aref Youssef, Monday, April 28, 2014

Three Iraqi troops were killed and 15 others injured on Monday when a militant blew himself up in a polling station in western Baghdad, a security source said.

Three Iraqi troops were killed and 15 others injured on Monday when a militant blew himself up in a polling station in western Baghdad, a security source said.

BAGHDAD – Three Iraqi troops were killed and 15 others injured on Monday when a militant blew himself up in a polling station in western Baghdad, a security source said.

"A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a ballot station designated to the voting of security troops in Al-Mansour district in western Baghdad," the source said.

Three people were killed but the toll could go up because some people had sustained life-threatening injuries, the source added.

Security forces cordoned off the area and voting was suspended over fears of the presence of other militants with explosive vests, he said.

Over one million Iraqi troops are eligible to vote Monday in the country's parliamentary elections, two days ahead of the nationwide polls.

Around 9,200 candidates are competing for the parliament's 328 seats.

Around 20 million Iraqis have the right to vote in the parliamentary elections.

The largest electoral bloc in the parliament will have the right to nominate candidates for the premiership and other senior cabinet positions.

The voting is taking place amid myriad security challenges inside Iraq, particularly in the western and northern parts of the country where government forces are battling militant groups, which Baghdad links to Al-Qaeda network.

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