Iraqi husband and wife journalists escape assassination attempt in Baghdad

An Iraqi and his wife who both work as journalists for a prestigious Arabic language newspaper escaped assassination in Baghdad's mostly Shi'ite Karradah district, a media watchdog group said Saturday. Abdul-Wahid Tuma and his wife, Sudad al-Salihi, who work for Al-Hayat were traveling by car Thursday when assailants in two vehicles fired at them, said Ibrahim al-Saraji, head of the Association to Protect Journalists' Rights. "But they managed to maneuver and escaped unharmed," al-Saraji added. Al-Hayat is published in London and is read throughout the Arab world. The reason for the attack was unclear, but Iraqi journalists frequently receive threats from extremists because of their reporting or their affiliation with foreign organizations.