Mourners grieve for their relative who was killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad, during a funeral in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Attacks in Baghdad and north of the capital killed nine people on Friday, including a supporter of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who was standing in April's parliamentary elections.Election candidates have been targeted in the past, with nearly 20 hopefuls killed ahead of April 2013 provincial council elections.Shammari, a senior leader of the Shammar tribe in Baghdad, was killed by gunmen using silenced pistols in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Ghazaliyah, two security officials said. He had been due to stand in the April 30 election as part of the Ahrar list, which is loyal to the Sadrists. Violence in Iraq is at its highest level since 2008, with government data showing more than 1,000 people killed last month.
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