Gunmen kill four Iraqis scientists

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By Salam Abdulshammari

Azzaman, February 9, 2014

Unidentified gunmen have killed four Iraqi scientists in the past few days, raising fears of a repeat of attacks that once specifically targeted university professors and academics.

Dr. Abdulwahab Abdulrazzaq, a chemistry scientist, was the latest victim of such attacks. Abdulrazzaq was killed on his way home from work.

The scientist was leader of a research team at the Ministry of Science and Technology and one of the country’s leading chemistry experts.

Abdulrazzaq is the fourth scientist to be assassinated from the same ministry in less than two weeks.

Other victims were engineers with different specializations.

Adel Mahdi, Science and Technology Ministry’s spokesman, urged the government to provide special protection for Iraqi scientists.

“The authorities are required to protect the country’s scientists with all available means,” Mahdi said.

Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen kidnapped a top medical consultant in the restive Province of Diyala of which the city of Baaquba is the capital.

The consultant, Abduljaleel al-Ubaidi, was head of a state-run hospital in the province. His whereabouts are still not known and no group has so far claimed responsibility for his abduction.