A female suicide bomber blasted an Iraqi convoy north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two people but narrowly missing a provincial governor in the second suicide attack by a woman in Diyala province in as many days.
Gov. Raad Rashid al-Tamimi ordered an indefinite curfew in Diyala's provincial capital of Baqouba, where the attack occurred.
It happened a day after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government announced a weeklong suspension of military operations in Diyala to give militants a chance to surrender.
Al-Tamimi and the commander of Iraqi ground forces, Gen. Ali Ghaidan, were traveling to a meeting of the provincial council in Baqouba when the woman detonated her explosives as the vehicles approached, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.
Neither the governor nor the general was injured, they said.
The attack could have been more devastating, but the attacker triggered her explosives prematurely – possibly because she feared guards had spotted her, officials said.
On Monday, a female suicide bomber struck a checkpoint at a market in Baqouba, killing one policeman and wounding 14 other people, including nine police.
Also Tuesday, the U.S. military announced that an American Marine was killed by small arms fire in Anbar province. Two other Marines were wounded in the Sunday attack, the military said.