Mortar Rounds Explode in Mosul Near Allawi

Mortar rounds exploded near Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Thursday as he visited this northern Iraq city, but there were no reported injuries in the attack. In Baghdad, three employees from Allawi’s office, including two women, were gunned down Thursday in a drive-by shooting in the western part of the city, according to the Interior Ministry. A fourth employee was wounded. Five mortar rounds fell about two blocks away from Allawi and his entourage as they readied for a helicopter trip after talks with the governor and other officials in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of the capital. A small blaze and a plume of black smoke could be seen after lift-off. No injuries were immediately reported. Full Story

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