- (Bloomberg) -- Gunmen shot dead the interim governor
of southern Iraq's Basra province, site of the country's second- largest
city and source of most of its oil exports, a U.K. military spokesman said.
- Hazem al-Ainachi, coordinator for the Basra Provincial
Council, and two other men were shot dead in the attack at 7:55 a.m. Iraq
time, Flight Lieutenant Mike Cannon said by telephone from Basra. Another
person was injured in the attack, Cannon said, without giving more details.
- Ainachi, 59, was killed as he left his home in the Jubaila
neighborhood in the center of Basra to go to work, Agence France- Presse
reported, citing his son. Ainachi took over the governorship after judge
Wael Abdul Latif was named minister for governorate affairs in June in
the caretaker government of Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, AFP said.
- The killing is the second assassination of an Iraqi public
official in three days. Issam Jassem Kadhem, a Ministry of Defense official,
was shot dead late Sunday near his home in Baghdad, AFP reported.
- On Saturday, Iraq's justice minister escaped a bomb attack
in Baghdad that killed at least four people and wounded three, AFP said,
citing government and hospital officials.
- Basra is a majority Shiite Muslim city. The Shiites mainly
opposed ousted leader Saddam Hussein.
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