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Retired Iraqi General Killed

July 23, 2004

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) _ Gunmen attacked a retired Iraqi general, who had worked for the former U.S. occupation government, as he headed to a northern mosque to pray Friday, killing him and another man, police said.

Maj. Gen. Salim Majeed Blesh, 58, who had been a top commander in the Iraqi army, was assassinated in the northern city of Mosul. A neighbor who was with him, Sami Noori, 68, was also killed, police Capt. Ahmed Subhi said.

Blesh had been in charge of the employment office set up in Mosul by the former U.S. occupation authority that searched for Iraqis to work in reconstruction and other jobs.

Insurgents repeatedly have targeted police and other officials accused of collaborating with U.S. forces here.

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