Senior Iraqi Official Killed in Baghdad

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Bassam Kubba

Iraqi deputy foreign minister Bassam Kubba, shown in a May 3, 2004, file photo. Reuters hide caption

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One of Iraq's top foreign ministry officials, Bassam Kubba, died Saturday after being shot by unknown gunmen in Baghdad.

He is the first of Iraq's two-week-old interim government to be killed.

Kubba worked through the ranks of the foreign ministry under Saddam Hussein and became ambassador to China. NPR's Emily Harris reports.

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