BAGHDAD: Bombings in Iraq, including one against an MP’s convoy, killed five people and wounded 18 on Wednesday, just days ahead of the country’s first elections since US troops departed, officials said.

In the deadliest attack, a car bomb exploded near an army checkpoint in Abu Ghraib, west of the capital, killing two people and wounding six, while another car bomb in the Jihad area of south Baghdad killed one person and wounded six, an interior ministry official and medical sources said.

Gunmen armed with pistols shot dead Muthanna Shakir, a former translator for American forces, in his restaurant in Samarra, north of Baghdad, while a magnetic “sticky bomb” killed a secondary school teacher in Ramadi, west of the capital, police and doctors said.

And roadside bomb targeted a convoy carrying an MP from the secular, Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc in Madain, south of Baghdad, wounding four people but not the politician, while a “sticky bomb” wounded two people in Mansur in west Baghdad, the ministry official and medical sources said.

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