Iraqi journalist shot dead

Xinhua reports that an Iraqi journalist was shot dead in central Baghdad today.

“Qasim Abdul Hussein al-Eqabi, a journalist working for the local al-Muwatin newspaper was killed when unknown gunmen in two cars showered him with bullets near the National Theater in Karrada neighborhood,” said Jabbar Tarrad, the new chief of the Iraqi Journalists’ Union. link

The attack follows the death last month of the former President of the Iraqi Union of Journalists in Baghdad, Shihab Al-Timimi. 250 Iraqi journalists have been killed since the American-led invasion in 2003.