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Senior religious cleric critically injured in car-bomb blast W. Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Aug 19 (KUNA) -- Head of the Sunni fatwa authority in Iraq Sheikh Mahdi Al-Sumaidaie has sustained critical injuries due to a car-bomb blast that targeted his motorcade in west of the Iraqi capital, an police source said on Sunday.
The source told KUNA that a car-bomb exploded today while Al-Sumaidaie's motorcade was passing by Yarmouk district in west Baghdad following the cleric's ending of Eid Al-Fitr prayer at one of nearby mosques.
It noted that the explosion caused Al-Sumaidaie critical injuries, as well as death of two of his bodyguards and injury of three others, to which they were transported to a hospital for treatment. (end) ahh.ma KUNA 191106 Aug 12NNNN