Saddam tribunal judge gunned down (and another suicide attack)
- Saddam tribunal judge gunned down
A judge on the special Iraq tribunal set up to try former president Saddam
Hussein has been killed in Baghdad.
Barwez Marwan and his close relative - who was also working at the
tribunal - were gunned down outside their home on Tuesday, police said.
This is the first known murder of any of the 20 judges on the tribunal.
In a separate incident on Wednesday, a car bomb at an army recruiting base
in western Baghdad killed at least six people and injured more than 20 others.
A second blast was heard an hour later in another part of the city - there
were no immediate reports of casualties.
A huge car bomb on Monday killed 125 people queuing up for state jobs in
Hilla, south of Baghdad. It was the worst single such incident since the regime
was toppled in 2003.
Insurgents have targeted anyone associated with the US-backed authorities,
including Iraqi officials, judges, and people seeking state jobs, in the hope of
undermining the interim government.
The judge and his relative were both shot dead by gunmen as they were
leaving their home for work on Tuesday morning, Iraqi police and security sources
"He was working with the tribunal. He was involved in cases including
Saddam's," Iraq's interior ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by Reuters
The killing came just a day after the tribunal completed its first
investigation and referred for trial one of Saddam Hussein's half-brothers,
Barzan, for a mass killing in southern Iraq in 1982.
Several other former top Iraqi officials are expected to stand trial.
The work of the tribunal that was set up in December 2003 has been delayed
because of security considerations, Iraqi officials say.
The names of the judges and prosecutors involved are kept secret out of
fear for their lives.
'Soldiers lifted up into air'
In Wednesday's attack, a car was driven towards the base near the old
al-Muthanna airport in western Baghdad as would-be recruits and soldiers queued
up outside it.
"It was a suicide car bomb... As he arrived, he blew himself up. There were
two soldiers lifted up into the air and knocked across the street," eyewitness
Hussein Mohammed was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
There are fears that the death toll will rise.
The old airport is home to US and Iraqi military bases and it has been
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