Eight people died in the Iraqi parliament when a suicide bomber slipped through multiple checkpoints in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.
Twenty more people were wounded in the blast which tore through a cafeteria at lunchtime. It is believe at least three of the dead were Iraqi MPs.
The Green Zone is a heavily protected area in central Baghdad that contains parliament, government offices and the US embassy.
One of the dead politicians was Mohammed Awad, a member of the Sunni National Dialogue Front, said Saleh al-Mutlaq, the leader of the party.
The second legislator killed was Taha al-Liheibi, of the Sunni Accordance Front, according to Mohammed Abu Bakr, who heads the legislature’s media department.
Abu Bakr said he saw a suicide bomber’s body at the restaurant.
A security scanner that checks pedestrians at the entrance to the Green Zone near the parliament building was not working today, Abu Bakr said.
People were searched only by hand and had to pass through metal detectors, he said.
A truck bomb earlier killed at least seven people on Sarafiya bridge in northern Baghdad, a main artery linking east and west Baghdad, sending several cars into the River Tigris.