Senior police officer killed in Baghdad

Unidentified assailants have killed a senior police officer in eastern Baghdad, as armed groups keep up their attacks on members of Iraq's new security forces.

Police said Brigadier-General Numan Salman Faris, director of al-Azamiya district rapid response force, was shot by armed men in eastern Baghdad on Monday.

No further details were given.

Armed groups frequently target senior officers of Iraq's
security forces, whom they regard as collaborators with US-led forces.

Also on Monday, two rockets landed in the Oil Ministry complex in Baghdad, wounding an employee and damaging several vehicles.

Police said the missiles hit the main parking lot next to the ministry building.

Police Captain Nabil Abd al-Karim said only one exploded while the other failed to detonate.

The massive Oil Ministry was one of the few government buildings left undamaged in the air strikes and looting that accompanied the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

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