Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Sistani aide assassinated in Basra

(Voices of Iraq) - An official source from Basra provincial council said on Tuesday unknown gunmen killed an aide to the top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani after storming his house in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
"Unknown gunmen stormed, last night, the house of Sayyed Hussein al-Husaini in al-Jiniynah neighborhood, northern Basra, and killed him," the source, who spoke on anonymity condition, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The source added that al-Husaini, a Sistani representative in Basra, is also the Imam of the Shiite al-Mahtah mosque. This is the second incident in as many days after unknown gunmen shot dead Sheikh Muslim al-Battat, an aide to Sistani, a week ago in Basra. Basra, a predominantly Shiite city, is 590 km south of Baghdad.

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