A Iraqi female TV journalist was killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad on Thursday, the Iraqi Interior Ministry (search) said.

Ministry spokesman Col. Adnan Abdul Rahman said the reporter was fatally shot by three assailants driving by in an Opel car around 8:00 am.

The journalist was identified as Zeina Mahmoud (search), who was working for Kurdish-run Al-Hurriya TV, said the station's director Nawrooz Mohammed.

He confirmed the assassination and said an investigation is underway. He gave no further details.

In an apparently unrelated shooting that took place less than a half-mile away just minutes earlier, a judge was shot dead, Abdul Rahman said. Judge Abdel Amir Kadhem (search) was killed at 7:55 a.m. in the Shiite neighborhood of Azamiyah in Baghdad.