His convoy was hit by a roadside bomb. It just so happens the finance minister is in the middle of a dispute with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Rafa al-Essawi’s convoy had been travelling between the towns of Fallujah and Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, when the bomb went off at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT), two security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
No one in Essawi’s entourage was harmed but some of the vehicles were damaged, the officials said.
The blast comes amid a political crisis. Weeks of anti-government demonstrations in Sunni Arab majority areas have hardened opposition against the Shiite premier.