Gunmen kill senior Iraqi officer in Baghdad

20:19, December 23, 2010      

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Gunmen shot dead a senior Iraqi army officer and wounded a police officer in two attacks in western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said on Thursday.

Brigadier Imad Hashim of the army's 6th Division was shot dead and his daughter wounded when gunmen carrying silenced weapons opened fire on his car in Baghdad western district of Mansour late on Wednesday, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, gunmen opened fire on Lieutenant Colonel Majid Hameed of the Iraqi police and wounded him, while he was driving in Baghdad's western district of Amriyah on Wednesday evening, the source said.

Meanwhile, in eastern the capital, two roadside bombs went off near a fuel station in Sadr City district on Wednesday, wounding a policeman, the source added.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks continue in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the last three years.

Source: Xinhua
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