A suicide bomb attack in north Iraq on Wednesday killed the leader of a local political party and four relatives, officials said, on the eve of provincial elections his bloc was to participate in.
Yunus al-Ramah, head of the United Iraq party, had been hosting a social gathering in his home in the town of Al-Hadhr, in Nineveh province, when the attack took place early Wednesday, according to security and medical officials.
"The suicide bomber targeted people gathering in Ramah's garden," said police First Lieutenant Islam al-Juburi.
Five people were killed -- Ramah and four of his relatives -- and six others wounded, Juburi and a doctor said.
Ramah's United Iraq party is seen as allied to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The attack comes ahead of Thursday's elections in Nineveh and Anbar, two Sunni-majority provinces where polls were delayed by officials who cited security concerns.
Twelve other provinces held elections on April 20.