Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zubayi, the highest ranking Sunni in the Iraqi government, has been seriously injured in a suicide bombing attack at his residence. Four people were killed, including an advisor and bodyguard, and ten were injured, including to a statement by the Interior Ministry.
Zubayi was reportedly hit in the abdomen and shoulder by shrapnel and rushed to the US military hospital in the Green Zone for emergency surgery. Reuters is reporting that Maliki has visited the deputy prime minister and reported back that his condition is "not serious," though Gen. Qassim Atta earlier said Zubayi was in "unstable condition."
The suicide bomber apparently detonated himself in a hallway behind where Zubayi was attending his daily prayers, knocking out the walls of surrounding rooms. Moments later, a car bomb detonated outside the deputy PM's compound.
CNN's Kyra Phillips said the suicide bomber's vest was stuffed with ball bearings to produce the maximum amount of damage and casualties.
The bomber was known by Iraqi officials working in the compound and "worked himself in," according to sources there, speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity.