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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 July, 2004, 07:03 GMT 08:03 UK
Senior official killed in Basra
UK troops lead multi-national force in Basra
A senior official from the southern Iraqi town of Basra has been shot dead, the British military says.

Hazem al-Ainachi, a co-ordinator of the Basra provincial council, is said to have been killed at a checkpoint on his way to work on Tuesday morning.

Two Iraqis travelling with Mr Ainachi were also killed. Mr Ainachi was a former deputy governor of Basra, where UK troops lead a multi-national force.

The identity of the attackers is not yet known.

A Basra council official told the Reuters news agency that the assailants were wearing police uniforms.

The attack is said to have taken place in the Jubaila neighbourhood of Basra, which is regarded as Iraq's second-most significant city after the capital, Baghdad.

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Mr Ainachi is the latest in a series of politicians and provincial officials to have died in suspected insurgent attacks since the US handover of key powers to an interim Iraqi administration on 28 June.

Last week, the governor of the northern Iraqi town of Mosul, Usama Kashmula, was assassinated.

And, a top defence ministry official was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday.

The Iraqi justice minister narrowly escaped a car bombing on Saturday which killed five of his security guards.


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