MOSUL, Iraq, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at the convoy of the mayor of Tal Afar town in Iraq's northern Nineveh province on Monday, killing the mayor and two others, local police source said.
The attack took place before noon when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up at the convoy while passing through the al-Salam neighborhood near the town hall of Tal Afar, some 80 km west of the provincial capital city of Mosul, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Hussein Ekrish, mayor of Tal Afar, together with his driver and his bodyguard were killed by the attack, along with seven people wounded, including two members of the town's council, the source said.
Earlier, a police report said that the mayor was wounded but later he died from his wounds, the source added.
Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, with many other cities in the province, has been a stronghold of insurgent groups and al-Qaida fighters in the war-torn country.
Nineveh province has been the scene of major security crackdowns by U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces to uproot the insurgency which erupted shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
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