Assailants bombed two offices tied to Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday. One bomb exploded at an office of the Saraya al-Salam or military wing of the Sadrist movement. The other bomb struck at an office belonging to a religious organization, Malek al-Ashtar, linked to the Sadrists. Both of the offices, which are located in Maysan province, were empty of people at the time.
Sadr’s Sa’iroun list won the most parliamentary seats in the May 12 election. It is unclear if the bombings were a reaction to that win. The distraction did not stop Sadr from moving forward with plans to influence the selection of a new prime minister. However, he will still need to make alliances with other parties to form the new government. He himself did not run in the election.