IRAQI PROFESSOR MURDERED IN KIRKUK

(AFP) – Jully 23, 2011

BAGHDAD — Separate bomb and gun attacks on Friday killed five Iraqi policemen and a doctor and wounded 17 other people in Baghdad, Baquba north of the capital, and Kirkuk, security officials said.

In the oil city of Kirkuk, 240 kilometres north of the capital, police said a paediatrician was killed in his car.

They said Ibrahim Shaeer Jabbar al-Jumaili, 55, who also teaches medicine at the university, was murdered after he resisted attempts by four people to kidnap him.

An official with the security services said there have been at least 45 abductions in Kirkuk since the start of the year, with most victims coming from well-to-do families.

In mid-July another paediatrician Safi Harzan, 48, was freed after his family paid a half-million-dollar ransom.

June was the deadliest month in Iraq so far this year, with 271 people killed in attacks including 155 civilians, 77 policemen and 39 soldiers, according to a government count.

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