Head of Iraqi Governing Council Killed in Morning Car-Bombing

MAY 17, 2004 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CDT

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - An Iraqi official says the head of the Iraqi Governing Council has been killed in a car bombing near the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad.

Abdel-Zahraa Othman, also known as Izzadine Saleem, is among for Iraqis killed.  Eight other people have been injured, including two U.S. soldiers.

The bomb destroyed three cars that were waiting to enter coalition headquarters.

Saleem was a Shiite and leader of the Islamic Dawa Movement in the southern city of Basra.

He is the second member of the U.S.-appointed Governing Council to be assasinated since the group was established last July.  The other was Aquila al-Hashimi, one of three women on the 25-member body.

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