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Iraqi Security Official Killed in Baghdad

May 23, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Two carloads of gunmen assassinated a top national security official and his driver in a drive-by shooting on Monday, police said.

Maj. Gen. Wael al-Rubaei and his driver were attacked in central Baghdad’s Mansour district as they were heading to work, said police Lt. Majid Zaki.

Al-Rubaei was the director of the National Security Ministry’s operations room, according to a government statement. Government officials and police contacted by telephone earlier had identified him as an aide to the prime minister’s Cabinet.

Zaki said two carloads of gunmen sprayed automatic weapon fire at al-Rubaei’s four-door sedan.

Separately, unknown gunmen killed a policeman in Baghdad’s southern Dora neighborhood as he was heading to work at a local court, police Capt. Firas Gaiti said.

The slayings follow Sunday’s killing of another senior government official, Trade Ministry auditing office chief Ali Moussa.

State employees and security forces have been prime targets of insurgents bent on disrupting the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.

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