Al-Sadr representative killed

A representative of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Muslim leader, has been found shot dead in his car, a source in the Ministry of Defence has said.

    Al-Sadr has massive support among the poor Shia in Baghdad slums

    The body of Shaikh Abd al-Salam Abd al-Husain al-Maliki, who was Sadr's representative in the southern neighbourhood of Al-Shaab, was found on Sunday morning in the southeast Baghdad neighbourhood of Zayuna.

    His death comes amid a spate of assassinations of religious political leaders across the country in the run-up to parliamentary elections on 15 December.

    Al-Sadr, who has massive support among poor and disaffected Shia in Baghdad slums, as well as across the south, has become a key negotiator in Iraq.

    US forces also reported a roadside bomb attack on one of its convoys in Khadra, a neighbourhood in western Baghdad.

    Master Sergeant David Abrams, a military spokesman, said: "It looks like there were two wounded who were taken to a nearby medical treatment facility."

    Three members of the Iraqi security forces, including a police lieutenant colonel, were killed in other incidents on Sunday morning, police said.



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