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Baghdad Attacks Target Deputy Governor, Police Colonel

(RFE/RL) 19 December 2005 -- Five people were killed and 11 others were injured, including a Baghdad deputy governor, in two separate attacks in the Iraqi capital today.

Armed attackers wounded Baghdad deputy governor Ziyad Tarek al-Zubai and killed three of his bodyguards when they ambushed his convoy in southern Baghdad.

A civilian and another bodyguard were also hurt.

In a separate attack, a suicide bomb exploded near a passing convoy carrying a police colonel. Two civilians were killed and another eight people wounded in that incident. The official -- reportedly the police chief in the capital's southern district of Al-Dura -- was among the injured.