Gunmen Kill Shiite Political Figure

Suspected followers of Saddam Hussein (searchshot to death a representative of a major Shiite (search) political party, a party official said Thursday.

Muhannad al-Hakim (search), a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (search), was killed Wednesday morning while leaving his home in Baghdad, party official Latif al-Rubaie said. He blamed the killing on loyalists of the former dictator, who was captured Saturday.

Al-Hakim, who is in his mid-30s and was head of security at the Education Ministry, was a cousin of Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim (search), who currently holds the rotating presidency of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council.

A funeral procession was held Thursday.

In August, Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, a top Shiite cleric and founder of the Supreme Council party, was killed in a car bombing in the southern city of Najaf that left at least 85 people dead in Najaf. He was a brother of Abdel-Aziz Al-Hakim.