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Television journalist shot dead in Baghdad

Raed Qais al-Shammari, who worked for the al-Iraqiya channel, was killed in a drive-by shooting in southern Baghdad.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 14:20 IST

An Iraqi journalist working for government-run TV was killed in a drive-by shooting in southern Baghdad, police said on Saturday, in the latest in a string of attacks on media workers.

Raed Qais al-Shammari, who worked for the al-Iraqiya channel, had been standing near his home talking with a friend when he was shot at around 10:00 pm on Friday in the violence-wracked Dora neighbourhood, police Lt Maitham Abdul Razzaq said.

The attack follows the killings Thursday of 11 people at a TV station in Baghdad.

Shiite militiamen are suspected of targeting the Shaabiya station, believing it was backing their Sunni-Arab rivals.

Al Iraqiya is part of the Iraqi Media Net, which includes the al-Sabah, or 'The Morning,' newspaper, which has also been the target of recent insurgent attacks.

A technician with al-Sabah was shot and killed on September 9, a month after a car bomb exploded in the newspaper office's parking lot, killing one person and injuring 30.

Iraqi government forces and facilities have been frequently targeted by Sunni Arab insurgents since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.