Abdel Hussein Khazaal, a correspondent of the US-financed, Arabic-language TV station Al-Hurra, was gunned down outside his home in the southern city of Basra on 9 February 2005. His three-year-old son, who was with him, was also killed.
Aged 40, Khazaal and his son Mohammed were slain by gunmen at about 9 a.m. as they were leaving their home in the Mazal neighbourhood of Basra, 550 km south of Baghdad. Khazaal was also head of the press department at the Basra city council and a member of the Shiite party Dawa. He had been in exile under Saddam Hussein.
His last report for Al-Hurra (which means "The Free" in Arabic) was about the 30 January elections. Launched in February 2004, the TV station has been branded as a US propaganda tool by a number of imams.