Sunday, December 26, 2004

Apparent assassinations kill 5 Iraqi officials

Gunmen killed five Iraqi officials in what appeared to be three separate assassination attacks, sources said Sunday.

Iraqi police officials and Ministry of Interior sources said one of those killed was Col. Yassin Ibrahim Jawad, a high ranking police officer.

Masked men attacked Jawad's vehicle in a drive-by shooting on Sunday while he was traveling to work in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Baya.

The gunmen also wounded two of Jawad's bodyguards, one of them critically.

On Saturday, in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Khadmiye, unknown gunmen killed two local council members in a drive-by shooting, Baghdad police officials said.

In Taji, about 13 miles (20 kilometers) north of Baghdad, a third shooting killed a local council member and a relative.

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