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Roadside Bomb Kills Shi'ite Mayor of Southern Iraqi City of Iskandiriyah


04 October 2007

Iraqi authorities say a roadside bomb blast south of Baghdad has killed a top Shi'ite politician and four of his body guards.

Officials say the mayor of Iskandiriyah, Abbas Hassan Hamza, was killed as he headed to work this Thursday morning. He belonged to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party and was also a member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC). Iskandiriyah has a mixed population of Sunni Arabs and Shi'ite Muslims.

In Baghdad, police say a car bomb explosion in a southern neighborhood (Zafaraniyah) killed four people and wounded eight others.

The U.S. military says coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 13 suspects in separate operations since Wednesday in central and northern Iraq.

The military also says a top financier of terrorist activities and an al-Qaida in Iraq platoon commander were detained during separate raids in and around Baghdad earlier this week, Tuesday.

A military statement said intelligence indicates the detained financier handed out more than $50,000 a month to al-Qaida, using his business as a front. He also is believed have received $100 million over the past months from terrorist supporters who enter Iraq illegally.

Meanwhile, Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the bombing attack Wednesday on a Polish diplomatic convoy in Baghdad will not deter his country from fighting terrorism in Iraq.

Poland's ambassador, General Edward Pietrzyk, was wounded and three people were killed in the attack.

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



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