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WAR: Bahrain's Top Diplomat Shot in Baghdad, Pakistani Ambassador Has Narrow Escape

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posted on Jul, 5 2005 @ 07:21 AM
In a second attack on an Arab diplomat in a week, the top envoy from Bahrain was wounded today in Iraq. This attack comes on the heels of the kidnapping of the top Egyptian diplomat to Iraq. Hassan Malallah al-Ansari was shot on his way to work in what the Bahrain mission to Baghdad describes as a kidnap attempt. al-Ansari was treated for a shoulder wound and released.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Bahrain's top envoy to Iraq was wounded Tuesday in the second attack against an Arab diplomat here in a week. A major Sunni Arab group called on Sunnis to take part in future elections, action that could diminish the insurgency.

Elsewhere, gunmen ambushed a minibus taking seven Baghdad airport employees to work Tuesday, killing four women and wounding three men, police and hospital official said. A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. security convoy Tuesday near the Iranian Embassy, causing no U.S. casualties but injuring one Iraqi, officials said.

The Bahraini diplomat, Hassan Malallah al-Ansari, was shot on his way to work in western Baghdad, said Dr. Muhanad Jawad of Yarmouk Hospital. Al-Ansari was treated for a shoulder wound and was released, witnesses said.

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The insurgents seem to be targeting diplomats as of late in what seems to be a change in strategy. Perhaps the growing reluctance on the part of the average Iraqi to aid these attacks have forced this change in tactics. It is to early to see if these attacks effect cooperation with the U.S. and the Iraqi government.

[edit on 7/5/05 by FredT]

posted on Jul, 5 2005 @ 07:35 AM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's ambassador to Iraq said he had a "very narrow escape" when gunmen attacked his convoy in Baghdad, in the latest violence aimed at diplomats in the war-torn country.

Younis Khan said two cars came up from behind and fired on his vehicle as he was around a kilometre (half a mile) from the Pakistani embassy in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday.

"I am safe but it was a very narrow escape," Khan, who was posted to Iraq around two months ago, told AFP by telephone from Baghdad.
Narrow Escape


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