Iraqi Election Workers Ambushed

About 30 gunmen ambushed a car Sunday in central Baghdad carrying employees of the Iraqi organization running next month's elections, killing three of the workers while two escaped unhurt, an official from the election body said.

Adel al-Lami, a member of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (search), said the early morning attack took place in downtown Baghdad's Haifa Street (search), the scene of repeated clashes between security forces and insurgents.

Al-Lami said about 30 militants ambushed a car carrying five employees working for the commission's Baghdad office, hurling hand grenades at the vehicle and firing at it with machine-guns.

Three employees, including a security guard, were killed in the brazen ambush, while two escaped unhurt.

"They tried to drag them out of the car," he said of the militants, who eyewitnesses said later set fire to the vehicle and wandered the street openly brandishing their weapons.