Iraqi journalist gunned down in Baghdad drive-by

An Iraqi journalist working for the state-run Al-Sabah newspaper in Baghdad was killed in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, police said. Raad Jaafar Hamadi was driving in the capital's western neighborhood of Washash when four unidentified figures traveling in a black BMW showered him with bullets, said police 1st Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razaq. The identity and motive of the killers were not known, police said. A spokesman at newspaper said Al-Sabah, which is funded and operated by the Iraqi government, was trying to confirm the police report. He spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for his own safety.