Iraqi general gunned down in Baghdad

Gunmen with silenced weapons raked an army brigadier general`s car with gunfire in a Baghdad street, killing him and wounding his daughter, defence and interior ministry officials said.

Baghdad: Gunmen with silenced weapons
raked an army brigadier general`s car with gunfire in a
Baghdad street, killing him and wounding his daughter, defence
and interior ministry officials said on Thursday.

The attack took place yesterday night in the Mansour
district of the capital, the officials said.

They named the victim as General Imad Hasham of the
army`s sixth division.

In another attack yesterday evening, gunmen also with
silenced weapons shot and wounded police Lieutenant Colonel
Majid Hamid as he was driving through the Amiriya area of
Baghdad, the officials said.

Also today, an Iraqi police patrol discovered the body
of Barbaros Mohammed Habeeb, a member of the Patriotic Union
of Kurdistan -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani`s party -- in
the disputed northern oil hub of Kirkuk, police Colonel Azad
Abdullah said.

Habeeb had been shot 10 times, Abdullah said.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki named security as one of
his three top priorities after parliament on Tuesday approved
his nomination for a second term of office and gave its stamp
of approval to his national unity government.

While violence has dropped dramatically across Iraq
since its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks remain common,
especially in the capital and the main northern city of Mosul.

The number of people killed in violence in Iraq last
month was the lowest in a year for the second month running,
with 171 people -- 105 civilians, 23 soldiers and 43 policemen
-- dying in attacks.

PTI

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