Gunmen kill Iraqi security officer

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Posted: Feb 05, 2012 6:03 AM
Gunmen kill Iraqi security officer

Authorities say gunmen have killed an Interior Ministry official in a drive-by shooting in central Baghdad.

Police say the official was driving through the Iraqi capital Sunday when the gunmen pulled up alongside his vehicle and shot him.

A medic at Baghdad's al-Kindi hospital confirmed the death.

Since the U.S. completed its pullout in December, militant groups have stepped up attacks on Iraq's security forces and government institutions to undermine public confidence in the Shiite-dominated government and its efforts to protect people.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.