3 Iraqi journalists killed in drive-by shooting

Three Iraqi journalists and their driver were killed Wednesday in a drive-by shooting near the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, police said. The attackers armed with machine guns opened fire as they drove past a vehicle carrying the four men at about 2 p.m. in the Rashad area, 30 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qadir said. Those killed worked for the independent Raad media company, which publishes several weekly newspapers and monthly magazines that are generally pro-government and deal with politics, education and arts. It was the second attack against Iraqi media in less than a week.