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Gunmen assassinate Karbala mayor in Iraq

The Iraqi flag is seen in Mosul after the city was freed from Daesh 9 July 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]
The Iraqi flag [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]

Unidentified gunmen assassinated the mayor of Karbala province in southern Iraq on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.

"Governor Abir al-Khafaji was assassinated while on an inspection campaign against violations in public streets," Karbala Governor Nassif Jassem al-Khattabi said in a statement.

"The victim was working day and night in order to serve the community and the public interest," he added.

Security forces have not announced an arrest and no party has claimed responsibility for the killing.

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