Iraqi officials: Senior Sadrist official assassinated in Najaf

Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed a senior aide to anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr near his home in the Shiite holy city of Najaf. The officials say Riyadh al-Nouri was the director of al-Sadr's office in Najaf. He was shot dead as he was driving home from Friday prayers in the adjacent city of Kufa. A policeman and an official in al-Sadr's Najaf office confirmed the killing but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information.