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Spokesman: Iraqi official in Basra assassinated
Updated: 2004-07-20 14:42

A member of the regional council of Basra, Iraq's second biggest city, was shot dead on Tuesday along with two bodyguards, a council spokesman said.

Hazim Tawfiq al-Anachi was assassinated at a checkpoint in the southern Iraqi city, he said.

Anachi was the latest in a string of Iraqi officials to be attacked.

"At the checkpoint, there were some people wearing police uniforms who asked the driver to stop. Then they opened fire," he said, adding that another man in the car was wounded.

Militants have attacked or killed several senior Iraqi officials, who they accuse of collaborating with U.S.-led forces in the country.

A senior Defense Ministry official was gunned down near his Baghdad home late Sunday.

Last week, gunmen killed the governor of the northern province of Nineveh and two of his bodyguards as he drove in a convoy to Baghdad. A senior official from the Industry and Minerals Ministry was also shot dead in Baghdad.

Saturday, the justice minister's convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomb. The minister escaped but five bodyguards were killed.

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