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Iraq Sunni leader's brother shot
by BBC (reposted)
Monday Oct 9th, 2006 7:56 AM
Gunmen in police uniforms have killed the brother of Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi in Baghdad.
Amer al-Hashimi, a major general in the Iraqi army, was at home in the Sulaikh district when the gunmen stormed into the house and shot him dead.

They arrived in 10 police cars, a police source said.

Tariq al-Hashimi's Iraqi Islamic Party is the largest Sunni Muslim bloc in parliament. Earlier this year another brother and his sister were murdered.

Iraq is currently gripped by insurgent violence and sectarian fighting between Sunni and Shia Muslims. The UN estimates about 100 people a day are killed, and assassinations of prominent figures are relatively common.

Gen Hashimi worked as a military adviser in the Iraqi presidency.

"They killed his guards, before killing him and abducting his son," a spokesmen for the IIP said.

Elsewhere, a suicide car bomb was reported in the northern city of Talafar, killing one policeman and wounding 12 people at a checkpoint.

The city - praised earlier this year by US President George W Bush as a model for a "free Iraq" - was the scene of a similar attack on Saturday, when 14 people were killed.
by UK Independent (reposted)
Tuesday Oct 10th, 2006 8:13 AM

Gunmen wearing military uniforms assassinated the brother of Iraq's Sunni Arab Vice-President in his home yesterday - the third sibling the official has lost this year to the country's violence.

Also yesterday, a car bomb ripped through a market in a Shia district of Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding 26. Eleven Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped in an attack on a checkpoint in Sadr City, another Shia district.

The US military announced that three Marines had died on Sunday after fighting in western Anbar province. The deaths brought to 32 the number of American service members who have died in Iraq this month.

Lt Gen Amir al-Hashimi, a defence ministry adviser and the brother of Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi, was killed by the gunmen who entered his north Baghdad home while wearing military uniforms.

Insurgents have often targeted the families of prominent politicians in an apparent effort to intimidate the country's leaders.