Shiite official shot dead south of Baghdad as interim President says amnesty offer to be announced soon
Gunmen killed the head of a regional office of one Iraq's largest Shiite parties in a drive-by shooting south of the capital, police officials said Monday. Abd el-Oun Hassan, the head of the Musayyib office of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, was assassinated late Sunday night, said Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, the head of the regional police in Musayyib, about 70 kilometers south of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Iraqi interim President Ghazi al-Yawer said his government will shortly announce an amnesty to those who have fought against the U.S.-led occupation, a British newspaper reported Monday.
"We are offering an amnesty definitely, for people who have not committed too many atrocious acts," al-Yawer was quoted as saying by The Financial Times. "Everybody except murderers, rapists and kidnappers."
However he also said that "if it's just the people of this city (Baghdad), some of them killed 10 soldiers, we are offering an amnesty. We have to do that, we have to be brave enough to accept our people and embrace all Iraqis."
Al-Yawer added that the amnesty would be offered within "a couple of days." (albawaba.com)
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