Iraqi official, his son shot dead in Baghdad

15:38, July 31, 2011      

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An Iraqi official and his son were killed in a gunmen attack in western Baghdad, while a provincial council head in northern Iraq survived a roadside bomb explosion, the police said on Sunday.

Dawood Salman Rahim, head of management department in the Iraqi Higher Education Ministry, and his son were shot dead by gunmen using silenced weapons in Baghdad's western district of Ghazaliyah, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attack took place in the morning when Rahim and his son were leaving home by their car in the district, the source said.

In northern Iraq, Jabur al-Abed-Rabu, head of the Nineveh's provincial council, escaped unharmed a roadside bombing near his convoy late on Saturday night, a provincial police source told Xinhua anonymously because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Rabu was heading to his office at the provincial capital city of Mosul when the blast hit one of his convoy's vehicles, slightly wounding three of his bodyguards, the source said.

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