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Iraqi council member's son killed

May 28, 2004


DOHA, May 27: The son of Iraqi Governing Council member Salama al-Khufaji was killed during an attempt on her life south of Baghdad on Thursday, Qatar's Al-Jazeera TV reported, saying he drowned after his car crashed in a river.

"The head of Khufaji's protection unit told our correspondent in Baghdad that her son, Ahmad, drowned when the car in which he was travelling fell in a river," the television station said. A bodyguard was also killed, it said.

Al-Jazeera later quoted an aide as saying Khufaji had not been hurt. An Iraqi official in Baghdad told AFP she escaped unharmed when her convoy came under attack at Yusufiyah, 20 kilometres south of the Iraqi capital, as she returned from a trip to Najaf.

Al-Jazeera quoted medical sources at Al-Yarmuk hospital in Baghdad as saying two bodyguards were also injured in the incident. -AFP