A member of the new Iraqi Governing Council was shot and seriously
wounded in an assassination attempt in Baghdad. Aquila Hashemi was
in her car on Saturday when she was shot by six gunmen who raced past in
Ms. Hashemi is a Shi'ite and one of three women on the 25-member
council, Middle East Newsline reported. Regarded as the chief candidate to become Iraq's foreign
Ms. Hashemi had been preparing to leave for the United National General
Assembly meeting in New York on Tuesday.
"The members of the Governing Council and ministers will not be
intimidated by the terrorists," Ahmad Chalabi, president of the
Council, said. "They will continue to do their patriotic duty to move
towards freedom, democracy and sovereignty."
The Governing Council has blamed Saddam loyalists for the attack.
Officials said Ms. Hashemi was attacked by both a rocket-propelled
and automatic fire when she left her house in Baghdad. Three of the
member's bodyguards were injured.
Officials said Saddam loyalists, backed by Islamic insurgents, have
targeted key members of the new Iraqi regime. Last week, the police
Khaldiya was assassinated by gunmen in the Sunni Triangle.