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Iraqi Vice President's Sister Slain; Blast Kills 3 Coalition Troops


27 April 2006

Authorities say the sister, Meysoun Hashemi was traveling in her car in the southwestern al-Ilaam neighborhood in Baghdad Thursday morning when gunmen ambushed the vehicle and opened fire, killing her and her driver.

One of Hashemi's brothers, Mahmud Hashemi was killed in a similar ambush attack in the capital earlier this month.

Tareq al-Hashemi, chosen by parliament as one of Iraq's two vice presidents on Saturday, heads the Iraqi Islamic Party - the largest party in the main Sunni political bloc.

Separately, an explosion ripped through a coalition troop convoy in the southern city of Nasiriyah. The Italian Defense Ministry says the attack killed two Italians and one Romanian soldier; a third Italian soldier was wounded.

The violence comes as Iraq's Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians work to form a new government led by Shi'ite Prime Minister-designate Jawad al-Maliki.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.



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