Iraq blames al-Qaida for killing prominent Sunni lawmaker in Baghdad

The Iraqi Interior Ministry on Saturday said al-Qaida is to blame for the killing of a prominent Sunni lawmaker in Baghdad. The announcement comes as Iraqi leaders attended a funeral service Saturday in a show of solidarity for Harith al-Obeidi. Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf told The Associated Press the evidence so far indicates al-Qaida in Iraq was behind the assassination. But he declined to elaborate while the investigation is ongoing. Al-Obeidi, the leader of the largest Sunni bloc in parliament, was shot to death as he left a mosque following Friday prayers. Shiite and Sunni politicians say the brazen daylight killing was the latest strike in a bid to stoke sectarian violence ahead of national elections.