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Gunmen Attack Convoy of Iraqi Minister, Killing 3 Guards - 2004-03-28

Iraq's public works minister has escaped an assassination attempt near the northern city of Mosul.

Iraqi police and the U.S.-led coalition say unidentified gunmen fired on Sunday on the convoy carrying Minister Nasrin Barwari, killing three of her bodyguards and wounding a fourth. Ms. Barwari was unharmed in the attack. Ms. Barwari, who studied in the United States, belongs to a Kurdish political party.

Another woman on the Iraqi Governing Council, Akila al-Hashemi, was assassinated last September.

Earlier Sunday, a British national and a Canadian citizen were killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.

Also, on Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq announced it has shut down a popular Shi'ite Muslim newspaper after accusing it of inciting violence against American troops.

The editor of the weekly al-Hawza newspaper said dozens of American troops entered the facility and ordered the staff to leave before placing locks on the building.

A letter signed by U.S. civil administrator Paul Bremer accused the paper of publishing false articles that pose "a real threat of violence" against U.S. forces and those Iraqis who help in reconstruction projects. The closure sparked street protests in Baghdad, but no injuries were reported.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP..