RAMADI (AFP) - A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people, including four policemen and a young girl, in an attack on a checkpoint near local government offices in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Thursday. The car bombing, which also wounded 15 people, was the third major assault on the Anbar provincial governors office since October and came in the run-up to the second parliamentary election since the US-led invasion of 2003. The bombing at around 11 am (0800 GMT) damaged several cars as well as six shops, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. Ten people were killed. Four of them were policemen, Anbar police chief Major General Baha al-Qaissi told AFP. Also, a woman and a girl were killed. The death toll was confirmed by a doctor at Ramadi general hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The owner of the nearby Rabia restaurant witnessed the blast, which badly damaged his business. I had customers sitting in my restaurant and trade was good, the restaurateur said. Suddenly, the bomb attack happened right next to my restaurant. The glass was destroyed and one of my employees was killed before my eyes. After that, all the customers and I rushed out. I saw corpses, wounded people, lying on the ground. He said people had been reluctant to help the wounded for fear of a second attack. Insurgent groups in Iraq have frequently planted follow-up bombs to target security forces tackling explosions. They are trying to undermine the political process and prevent us from taking part in the election, the restaurateur said, referring to the March 7 parliamentary election, which is seen as a key test of national reconciliation in a country wracked by sectarian bloodshed for the past seven years. They want us to miss the opportunity to vote, as we did before, he added, referring to a boycott of the last parliamentary election in 2005 by the Sunni Arab minority that dominated Saddam Husseins regime but has been estranged by the Shia-led government ushered in by the US-led invasion. Ramadi was a key Sunni insurgent base in the years after the invasion, but since 2006 local tribes have sided with the US military and day-to-day violence has dropped dramatically. It was expected that we would be targeted, in spite of the tight security measures, said Anbar provincial council member Maamoun Sami Rasheed, who was until last year the provincial governor. We expected that insurgent groups would escalate their activities ahead of the election. In another instance of election-related violence, security forces loyal to President Jalal Talabanis Patriotic Union of Kurdistan were accused of having shot and wounded three people from a rival party in a clash at a political meeting in northern Iraq. The incident occurred late on Tuesday at a meeting of the Goran (Change) movement, which emerged in regional elections last year as a rival to the two main Kurdish parties, Talabanis PUK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of regional president Massud Barzani. Thursdays attack in Ramadi was the third time in recent months that the provincial governors offices had been struck by insurgents. On December 30, 23 people were killed and 30 wounded in coordinated attacks blamed on Al-Qaeda. Governor Qassim Mohammed Abid was among the wounded, while senior security officials were also killed. And on October 11, coordinated blasts killed 19 people and wounded 80.