Mosul Governor Killed

Aljazeera – Mosul governor killed in armed attack

Attackers have killed the governor of the Iraqi city of Mosul as he was driving in a convoy of vehicles towards Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source has said. The assailants threw a grenade at the governor’s vehicle and fired automatic weapons, the source said on Wednesday. “He was on his way to Baghdad with a security escort of four cars, when the attackers in another car pulled up beside his vehicle and threw a grenade, and then shot at his car,” said the source, who declined to be named. A spokesman for the governorate has confirmed that the governor of Mosul, Usama Kachmula, and two people who were accompanying him were killed.

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In the southern Iraqi city of Najaf a group suspected for having ties to al-Qaida were arrested, reported Aljazeera. Colonel Ghalib al-Jazaery, Najaf’s police commissioner, was quoted as saying that the group was involved in last year’s assassination of Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution. They are also accused of carrying out a string of attacks in Karbala last year.

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