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Iraqi Tribal Leader Shot and Killed in Baghdad


An Iraqi tribal leader has been shot and killed in southern Baghdad, one day after at least four Sunni tribal leaders were killed in a suicide bombing at a hotel in Iraq's capital.

Officials say Hamid Abdul Farhan al-Shujairi was killed in a drive-by shooting Tuesday in the neighborhood of Saidiya. It was unclear if he was Sunni or Shi'ite.

On Tuesday, an al-Qaida-linked group in Iraq claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide bombing at the Mansour Hotel in Baghdad.

The Islamic State of Iraq said on a Web site used by militants that the bombing was in response to an Iraqi police raid on a Sunni family house in al-Anbar province in which the father was detained and one of his daughters was raped.

The Sunni tribal leaders killed in the attack were linked to an alliance fighting al-Qaida.

In other news Tuesday, Iraqi forces raided the home of Iraq's Sunni culture minister, Asad Kamal al-Hashimi, who is alleged to have ordered the February 2005 assassination attempt against a Sunni politician, Mithal al-Alusi. That attack killed two sons of the targeted politician.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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