A young girl reacts while looking at the rubble of a house that was destroyed in an air strike in Basra, Iraq, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Friday. April 11. 2008. The air strike killed one and injured seven others according to local sources. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed a senior aide to anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Shiite holy city of Najaf.
The officials say Riyadh al-Nouri was the director of al-Sadr's office in Najaf. He was shot to death as he drove home after attending Friday prayers in the nearby city of Kufa.
A policeman and an official in al-Sadr's Najaf office confirmed the killing but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information.
The anti-U.S. cleric has his headquarters in Najaf, but the shrines in that city are dominated by a rival Shiite group and most of his followers are concentrated in Kufa.
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