BAGHDAD (AP) — A Sunni cleric in Iraq has been critically wounded in a bomb attack on his convoy that killed four of his bodyguards.
A Sunni religious official says the attack occurred shortly after the cleric had finished leading prayers at a Baghdad mosque to mark the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr (ayd ahl-FIH'-tur) holiday, which follows the holy month of Ramadan.
Two police officers and a hospital official confirmed the attack.
The wounded cleric has sided with the government against Sunni extremists. Earlier this year, he called for a unified religious authority to bridge the gap between Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites.
Insurgents often target Sunni clerics seen as working closely with the Shiite-led government.