Iraq official assassinated

Unidentified armed men gunned down a top Iraqi Foreign Ministry official while he stood outside his Baghdad home, police said.

    Police officers push a wounded colleague in a wheelchair

    Jassim Mohammed Ghani, director-general of Iraq's Foreign Ministry, was killed on Saturday evening in western Baghdad's Jihad district in a drive-by shooting, Iraqi police Captain Talib Thamer said.

    Three civilians were wounded in the attack, Aljazeera learned.

    Officials at the Foreign Ministry were not immediately available for comment.

    Iraqi government officials have been targeted in a campaign to derail the country's postwar reconstruction efforts.

    Soldiers killed

    Three Iraqi soldiers were gunned down on Saturday evening in a drive-by shooting on their convoy in western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.

    The attack comes after four people were killed and 10 wounded in the afternoon in a car bomb blast in which the attacker killed himself.

    Three civilians were killed and four wounded by another bomb explosion in the south of the capital earlier on Saturday.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.