Professor shot dead in Baghdad, Iraqi education ministry officer killed as blasts heard inside ''Green Zone'' HQ
A professor at Baghdad University was shot dead Sunday morning at Bab Al-Athamiya area in central Baghdad, witnesses said.
Iraqi Criminal Police officer Khudhar Fleih Al-Khafaji said that according to witnesses, two unknown gunmen shot dead Sabri Al-Bayati, Professor of telecommunications at the faculties of science and education in Baghdad
According to the report, the victim was hit with three bullets to the chest, abdomen and left leg.
Also Sunday, gunmen killed the Education Ministry's cultural affairs officer, the second attack on an Iraqi official in as many days, authorities said.
63-year-old Kamal al-Jarah was ambushed outside his home as he was leaving for work at about 7:30 a.m [local time].
The official died of his wounds at the Yarmouk Hospital, said Abdul Khaliq al-Amri, a ministry official.
Al-Jarah was mainly responsible for dealing with exchange programs and relations with foreign countries and UNESCO. He had worked in the education field for 40 years, al-Amri said.
In the meantime, a suspected rocket slammed into the heavily fortified Green Zone headquarters area of the US-run occupation authority on Sunday, officials and witnesses said. There were no reports of casualties.
Blasts could be heard from the sprawling compound along the banks of the Tigris river. Smoke rose from above one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces and a person inside the zone who declined to be identified said one building had been hit.
"It was a suspected rocket," an occupation information officer said. "There were no reports of injuries. It's still under investigation." (Albawaba.com)
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