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FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 17

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:05 GMT
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Feb 17 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1800 GMT on Thursday.

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* KERBALA - A leading cleric in the Sadrist movement, Sheikh Jassim al-Mutairi, was assassinated by armed men using silencers after leaving a mosque in a small town west of Kerbala, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, a source in the Sadrist movement said. The source said one of Mutairi's guards had been killed and another wounded in the incident.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed Hilal al-Ahmadi, a journalist who headed the media office of the government's telecommunications and postal directorate, near his home in the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

TAJI - A roadside bomb went off near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims, wounding six Iranians and one Iraqi, in the town of Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - Attackers stormed the house of a university professor and hanged him after anaesthetising his wife and two daughters in Baghdad's western al-Khadhra district, an interior ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - Three mortar rounds landed in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. embassy and Iraqi government offices, an interior ministry source said. No casualties were reported.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen in a car opened fire and wounded a guard near the entrance to al-Zawra amusement park in west-central Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

(Compiled by Baghdad newsroom)

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