Iraq: Bomb wounds senior Defense Ministry official

A senior Defense Ministry official was wounded in a roadside bomb attack that killed one of his bodyguards, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Monday. The spokesman, Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said that the blast occurred Monday in the Sulaikh neighborhood in northern Baghdad. The wounded official, Maj. Gen. Mudhir al-Mola, was in charge of affairs related to the Sunni guards, known as Sons of Iraq, who have joined forces with US troops against al-Qaida in Iraq. The move is considered a key factor in the overall decline in Iraq violence.