Funeral held for assassinated Iraq Shi’ite official
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Last Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011, 16:12
Baghdad: Scores of people have taken part in the funeral procession for the assassinated Iraqi Shi’ite official who headed a committee tasked with rooting out those with ties to Saddam Hussein.

Meanwhile, Iraqi police hunted for the killer of Ali al-Lami.

The casket of Ali al-Lami, wrapped in the Iraqi flag, was carried on Friday morning by his weeping relatives and friends from his home in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr City. He was to be buried in the holy Shi’ite city of Najaf in the south.

A divisive figure in Iraqi politics, al-Lami had been accused of working with neighbouring Shi’ite Iran to sideline Sunnis from power and re-ignite sectarian tensions.

He was fatally shot by gunmen while driving his car late Thursday — the latest victim of an assassination campaign across Iraq that has killed tens of political and governmental figures.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, May 27, 2011, 16:12

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