A senior Iraqi judge was killed as he drove to work in Baghdad. His son also died in the ambush. The attack was reminiscent of the murders earlier this month of the capital’s deputy police chief and the provincial governor. Suspicion has fallen on the Islamic extremist group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, which has produced a leaflet warning Iraqis they will be targeted if they vote in Sunday’s general election.
Yesterday a school in Baghdad which was being used as registration centre for the poll came under attack. Mortars caused damage to the outer wall, but it is feared militants will strike on Sunday with far more deadly results.