04 October 2004

Director of Iraq's Science and Technology Ministry assassinated

Bloomberg reports that a director of Iraq's Science and Technology ministry was assassinated today in Baghdad.

"Iraq's Science and Technology Ministry along with a female civil servant were shot dead in Baghdad, where two car bombs also exploded as insurgents stepped up attacks on Iraqis working with U.S. forces, officials said. At least 21 people were killed, the Associated Press said.

``Thamer Abdel Latif, one of the directors at the ministry and a civil servant, Ikhlas Ghalib, were shot dead at 7:30 a.m. in the center of Baghdad,'' said Adnan Abdel Rahman, a spokesman for Iraq's Interior Ministry in a telephone interview from Baghdad. No more details were available.''

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