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Leader of Iraqi Governing Council assassinated
- 17/05/2004 10:00:00 GMT

"The Governing Council has been fiercely criticised by /Iraqis/ fighting coalition troops who accuse it of collaborating with the US-led occupation. Its members are surrounded by tight security."


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The current head of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, Ezzedine Salim, was killed in a car-bomb explosion, Iraqi politicians said.

"He was in a convoy that stopped at the entrance to the Green Zone when the explosion happened. Ezzedine Salim was killed in the explosion," Hamid al-Bayati, spokesman for the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRII), told AFP.

Imad Chebib, vice-president of the pro-U.S. Iraqi National Accord and a fellow-member of the Governing Council, said: "He died as a result of the car bomb explosion against his convoy. Some guards were killed with him."