Senior Iraqi official shot dead


A senior Iraqi interior ministry official has been shot dead by gunmen in the capital Baghdad.
Musab al-Awadi, the ministry's deputy chief in charge of tribal affairs, was killed along with two of his bodyguards, a ministry spokesman said.

The men were attacked as they left Mr Awadi's house in the al-Baya area of the capital.

It is the latest in a series of attacks by militants targeting senior officials in Iraq.

In other developments in Iraq:

A suicide bombing outside an American military base in Mosul kills at least three people, including the bomber
in Basra, two Iraqi women working as cleaners for coalition forces are shot dead
a militant group threatening to kill seven foreign hostages says it has extended a deadline for negotiations
a separate group says it has taken two Pakistani truck drivers and an Iraqi man hostage, and there are further reports that two Jordanians have been taken hostage.
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