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February 8, 2006 - MidEastWire.com Daily Iraq Monitor

February 8, 2006

Al Sharqiyah TV:

Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Sami al-Mudhafar escaped an assassination attempt by a booby-trapped car that went off while his convoy was travelling on a road in central Baghdad today. An Interior Ministry source said that the explosion of the booby-trapped car, which was left on a road in Uqbah Bin-Nafi Square in the Karradah area, resulted in the martyrdom of three civilians and the wounding of three others, including two of Al-Mudhafar's bodyguards. The source added that Al-Mudhafar, who was riding in a car in the convoy, was not hurt. Another Interior Ministry source said that Education Minister Abd-al-Falah Hasan is the one who escaped an assassination attempt by a booby-trapped car in central Baghdad.

In another development, unidentified gunmen assassinated Ahmad Abd-al-Wahab al-Juburi, a member of Al-Hawijah Municipal Council in Kirkuk Governorate in northern Iraq. Official sources in Kirkuk said that Al-Juburi's convoy came under fire by unidentified gunmen while travelling on the main road between Kirkuk an Al-Hawijah. As a result, Al-Juburi was killed and one of his bodyguards was wounded.

Two civilians were martyred when an explosive charge went off in Balad in Salah-al-Din Governorate, north of Baghdad. Police sources said that the explosion took place while the victims were travelling in their car on the city's main road.

The Iraqi Front for National Dialogue has held the Iraqi government responsible for what it said was an attack on its Secretary-General Salih al-Mutlaq yesterday evening. A statement, read by member of the front Hasan Zaydan on behalf of Al-Mutlaq, said that Al-Mutlaq's convoy came under fire from a regiment of the National Guard near Al-Shurtah Tunnel, in western Baghdad. It added that the convoy of Ali al-Sajri, a member of the front and a deputy in the new parliament, also came under fire in the Al-Mansur area in central Baghdad. - MIDEASTWIRE.COM, Middle East



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