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Najem Abed Khodair, Al-Madaa and Tariq al-Shaab
15 May 2005

Agence France-Presse quoted on 15 May 2005 an Iraqi army officer as saying that two journalists, Najem Abed Khodair and Ahmad Adam, were heading towards Kerbala, their home town, when they were intercepted near Latifiyah by armed men, who took them to the roadside and cut their throats. After abandoning the bodies, the assailants "fled into the surrounding orchards," he said.

Najem Abed Khodair worked for the independent daily newspapers Al-Madaa and Tariq al-Shaab, and Ahmad Adam, a poet and writer used to contribute to Al-Madaa and Sabah, another newspaper.

The Iraqi army announced the day after that a group of nine armed men suspected of carrying out the murders were arrested south of Baghdad.