Back in February, Mahdi was in the news for a bad reason. Milblogger Bill Roggio had coverage: Bombing targets Adel Abdul Mahdi, Iraq's Vice President.
An explosion at the Ministry of Public Works nearly assassinated Adel Abdul Mahdi, one of Iraq's two Vice Presidents, as well as Riad Ghraib, the Minister of Public Works. Twelve were killed and 42 wounded after a bomb placed in the ceiling of a ministry's conference room. Mahdi and Ghraig were both "lightly wounded" in the explosion, and were treated for "scratches" at U.S. military hospital.
The bombing was an inside job. "The explosion happened when the party arrived at the meeting room," reports the BBC. The bomb would have to have been planted by someone working inside the Ministry of Public Works, and the culprits would have needed to know the schedules of Vice President Mahdi and Minister Ghraib to properly time the attack.
Here is his Wikipedia entry: Adel Abdul Mahdi.
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Posted by Forkum at May 1, 2007 03:00 PM