RAMADI, Iraq, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bomber blew up near a Sunni lawmaker on Tuesday in the city of Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing him and three of his bodyguards, a local police source told Xinhua.
The incident took place at about 2:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) when the suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest detonated himself near Eifan al-Issawi, a lawmaker from the Sunni-backed parliamentary bloc of Iraqia, the source said on condition of anonymity.
"Issawi and three of his bodyguards were killed by the blast, which also wounded two of his bodyguards and two civilians," the source said.
Earlier, the source said Issawi was killed and two of his bodyguards were wounded by the blast.
Issawi was checking his under-construction house in the city, some 50 km west of Baghdad, when the bomber attacked him, the source said.
Issawi was from the same tribe of the Sunni Muslim Minister of Finance Rafia al-Issawi who is at odds with Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki, a Shiite, after the latter arrested some of his bodyguards on terror charges sparking protests among the Sunni Arab community.
The Sunni protesters complained about injustice, marginalization, discrimination, double standards and politicization of the judicial system. They also accused Maliki of using judiciary to fight his political opponents in order to legally tame the opposition in the political process.
The angry Sunnis also said the Shiite-led Iraqi security forces were indiscriminately arresting their sons and torturing them. They accused the security forces of arresting women instead of their wanted male family members.