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Ex-Baath Party Official Gunned Down

December 20, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Gunmen attacked two former officials of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party, killing one in a hail of submachine gun fire, critically wounding another and killing her 5-year-old son, officials said Saturday.

The two separate attacks in the Shiite Muslim city of Najaf appeared to be part of a series of revenge killings against local members of Saddam’s regime, which brutally repressed Shiites. On Wednesday, an angry crowd lynched another Baath official accused in a 1991 crackdown against Shiites.

On Friday, gunmen killed Ali Qassem al-Tamimi, the district mayor of Najaf’s al-Furat neighborhood, as he was shopping with a friend in downtown Najaf, according to Lt. Raed Jawad Abdel Saada.

Early Saturday, two assailants riding by on a bicycle opened fire on former provincial party official Damiyah Abbas and her son as they were leaving their home.

The 5-year-old boy was killed instantly, and Abbas was hospitalized in critical condition, according to another police officer, Lt. Raed Abbas.

Damiyah Abbas was believed to have participated in putting down a 1991 Shiite uprising against the government of Saddam.

Al-Tamimi’s position would have involved him acting as an informer, reporting to Baath Party officials in Baghdad on the political activities and jobs of residents.

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