BAGHDAD (AFP) - An Iraqi minister responsible for Baghdad Airport was sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to extort 500,000 dollars from a security firm for a contract, a judicial official said Monday. Adnan al-Obeidi was sentenced on Thursday to eight years in prison for corruption by Rusafa criminal court in Baghdad, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Iraqs Integrity Commission announced on September 3 that Obeidi, a deputy transport minister, had been arrested. According to the commission, Obeidi had asked for 500,000 dollars from a foreign company in exchange for it being awarded a contract to handle security at Baghdad International Airport. The deputy minister wanted a deposit of 100,000 dollars with the rest after the contract was signed, the anti-corruption body said in its September statement. The statement did not specify which firm Obeidi had attempted to extort. In November, Iraq chose British firm ArmorGroup to provide security at the airport in a deal worth 22.5 million dollars, taking over from South Africas Sabre, which had the contract for the past year. A transport ministry source, who did not want to be named, said Obeidi is a former fighter pilot who is a member of the National Concord Front, a Sunni political bloc. Meanwhile, the district council chief of the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar and one of his guards were killed in a suicide bombing on Monday, while a police officer died in a Baghdad bombing, police said. Hussein Ekraysh was killed today when a suicide bomber targeted his car by detonating his explosives belt, police Major Akram Khalil said. He was returning to his home after offering his condolences to the family of a policeman killed in Mosul two days earlier. In addition to the deaths of Ekraysh, a Turkman, and his bodyguard, three other guards were wounded, along with two district council members and five passersby. Tal Afar is a majority Turkmen village around 380 kilometres (240 miles) north of Baghdad, and lies close to Iraqs second city of Mosul. It has been targeted for attacks several times in recent months. In the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Adil, meanwhile, a roadside bomb on Monday killed a police officer and wounded a civilian, police said.