Rafe al-Essawi
© unknownIraq's Finance Minister Rafe al-Essawi
Iraq's Finance Minister Rafe al-Essawi has survived a bomb attack targeting his convoy north of the capital, Baghdad, police said.

Three of Essawi's bodyguards, two officers and one soldier, were injured after a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy in Salahuddin Province on Sunday night.

"It was a roadside bomb placed on the main road targeting the convoy of Dr. Rafe in al-Ishaqi town yesterday evening," Zaid Mohammed, the finance ministry's media manager, said on Monday.

The Iraqi minister, who is a member of the Iraqiya political party, was on his way back to Baghdad when the explosion took place. Esawi had attended a funeral in Salahuddin Province.

It was not immediately clear that his convoy was targeted or the attack was random. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.