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Roadside Bomb Kills Provincial Governor in Iraq


A roadside bomb has killed the governor of Iraq's southern Shi'ite majority province of Muthanna -- the second provincial governor to be assassinated this month.

Authorities say Mohammed Ali al-Hassani was killed Monday as he traveled in a convoy from his home in Rumaitha to the provincial capital of Samawa.

One bodyguard was killed and two others wounded. Hassani was a member of Iraq's largest Shi'ite political party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. Meanwhile, residents of a Kurdish region in northeastern Iraq say Iranian forces have been firing artillery shells across the border at villages in Iraq. Kurdish leaders in Haji Umran in Irbil province say the shelling has killed livestock and prompted residents to flee their village. A local teacher told VOA that Iran shells the village almost every night, using spotlights to find targets.

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