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TV head, activist killed in Baghdad shooting

From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
Members of an Iraqi anti-terror unit stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad in January.
Members of an Iraqi anti-terror unit stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad in January.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gunmen intercept a car and spray it with bullets, Interior Ministry officials say
  • One of the victims is Taha Hameed, the head of al-Massar TV and a political party official
  • The other is Abed Farhan Thiyab, the director of Iraq's political prisoners association
RELATED TOPICS
  • Iraq
  • Baghdad

Baghdad (CNN) -- The head of a television station and a human rights activist were shot dead by gunmen who attacked their car with small arms fire Friday, Iraq's interior ministry said.

Taha Hameed, the director of al-Massar TV, and Abed Farhan Thiyab, the director of Iraq's political prisoners association, were killed in southern Baghdad.

Hameed was also a senior official with the governing Islamic Dawa Party - Iraq Organization.

He was killed immediately when gunmen intercepted his car and fired on it, interior ministry officials said.

Separately, two civilians were killed and four others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in a residential area in the northern outskirts of Baghdad on Thursday night.

 
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