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Iraqi men walk past an election campaign poster depicting Ali al-Lami, who has been shot dead (AP)

Iraqi men walk past an election campaign poster depicting Ali al-Lami, who has been shot dead (AP)

Iraqi men walk past an election campaign poster depicting Ali al-Lami, who has been shot dead (AP)

The head of a controversial Iraqi committee tasked with vetting people for ties to Saddam Hussein's regime has been shot dead, the top military spokesman for Baghdad said.

Major General Qassim al-Moussawi said that gunmen opened fire and killed Ali al-Lami as he was driving in his car in eastern Baghdad.

Mr Al-Lami was long suspected of having ties to Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

He headed the so-called De-Baathification, responsible for vetting people trying to get government jobs or take political office for ties to Saddam's Baath Party, which ruled Iraq.

His death was also confirmed by police and hospital officials.

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