Baghdad: A senior Iraqi official was killed
at his home and a woman and her daughter were discovered dead,
likely tortured, in separate incidents in Baghdad, an interior
ministry official said on Thursday.
"Armed men entered the house of Mohammed Jalab Ahmed, the
deputy director general of the ministry of health and shot him
in his garden," the official said, speaking on condition of
The killing took place at around 9:00 pm (1800 GMT) on
Wednesday in Ahmed`s home in the north Baghdad neighbourhood
Murders of civil servants remain common in Iraq, although
they have declined in their frequency in recent years as the
security situation across the country has improved.
The interior ministry official added that the corpses of
a woman and her daughter, both of whom were shot dead, were
discovered in Bassateen district, north Baghdad.
The bodies "bore signs of torture", the official said. He
declined to give details on possible motives for the murders.
And in Baquba, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, one member
of a militia opposed to Al-Qaeda was killed and five wounded
in a mortar attack on their camp, said a security official who
did not want to be named.