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Varsity professor assassinated in Iraq

Gunmen shot dead Diyaa al-Maqwartar in the Azamiyah district of northern Baghdad, television reports said.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 18:44 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi university professor in Mashatel street in the Azamiyah district of northern Baghdad, al-Iraqiyah State TV reported on Wednesday.

Dr Diyaa al-Maqwartar, who was teaching at Baghdad's Mustansiriya University, was shot in the head and chest, the report added.

Al-Maqwartar chaired a committee for consumer protection and also a performance evaluation committee for a TV show broadcast by al-Sharqiyah TV.

Meanwhile, Iraq's higher education minister survived an attempt on his life when, according to a ministry spokesman, armed men attacked his convoy, killing one of his personal guards and wounding another.

First Published: Jan 24, 2007 18:44 IST