MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) – A member of ex-premier Iyad Allawi’s political bloc was gunned down in his home near the main northern city of Mosul on Saturday, a security official said.
The murder of Faris Jassim al-Juburi, who was not successful in Iraq’s March general election, comes less than two weeks after the assassination in Mosul of Bashar Hamid al-Agaidi, who won a seat as part of Allawi’s Iraqiya list.
“Armed men raided the house of Faris Jassim al-Juburi in Al-Mowali village and shot and killed him instantly,” an Iraqi security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The official said the men fled the village, 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Mosul, immediately after the shooting.
Juburi was a pilot in now executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s armed forces before their dissolution following the US-led invasion of 2003.
Mosul, 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Baghdad, is one of the country’s most violent cities and a hotspot for insurgent attacks.