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Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - Page updated at 11:36 AM


Gunmen kill sportscaster for Iraqi state television

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A sportscaster for state-run al-Iraqiya TV was gunned down today in a drive-by shooting near his home in southwestern Baghdad, police said.

Ali Jaafar, 25, was killed as he left his house, police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said.

The reasons for the killing were unclear, but the state channel and its employees have in the past been targeted by insurgents waging a campaign against what they consider a U.S.-backed government.

The station carried a black band across the upper left hand corner of its screen as a sign of mourning. It also showed footage of his colleagues sobbing upon hearing the news.

His death came two days after CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously wounded and two of her crew members were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad. Dozens of journalists have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

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