Education Ministry Official Slain in Baghdad

Gunmen killed the Education Ministry's (search) cultural affairs officer Sunday, the second attack on a Iraqi official in as many days, authorities said.

Kamal al-Jarah (search) was ambushed outside his home as he was leaving for work at about 7:30 a.m. The attack happened in a predominantly Sunni Muslim neighborhood of northwest Baghdad where support for Saddam Hussein's regime had been strong.

U.S. convoys have often come under attack in the neighborhood of Ghazaliya (search).

Al-Jarah died of his wounds at the Yarmouk Hospital, said Abdul Khaliq al-Amri, a ministry official.

The attack came only one day after gunmen killed a deputy foreign minister as he went to work. Bassam Salih Kubba (search) was Iraq's most senior career diplomat.

The attack on Kubba, a Sunni, was the second assassination of a senior Iraqi figure in the past month. The head of the now-disbanded Iraqi Governing Council, Izzadine Saleem, was killed in a suicide car-bombing May 17.