Diala, Apr 14, (VOI) – An armed group assassinated an official NGOs official near the district of al-Wajihiya, 20 km east of Baaquba city, on Monday, a security source in Diala said.
"Abdul-Kareem Sabaa was killed by unidentified gunmen fire in al-Wajihiya," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
The general commissioner for non-governmental organizations in Diala province, Hazbar Musayyar al-Azzawi, said Sabaa was gunned down while he was heading to the provincial council to attend an expanded meeting on civil society organizations.
Several civil society figures and advocates in Diala had been killed or kidnapped during the past few years.
Yahya Razzouqi, the head of an organization fighting administrative corruption n the province, was kidnapped in late 2006.
Baaquba, the capital of Diala, lies 57 km northeast of Baghdad.
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