Koizumi sends condolences to Iraq over Baghdad governor's death.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday sent his condolences to Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the death of Baghdad Gov. Ali al-Haidari, who was assassinated by gunmen Tuesday, Japanese government officials said.
''On behalf of the Japanese people, I express my condolences from the bottom of my heart. Japan shall continue to contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq,'' Koizumi said in his message.
Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura sent a similar message to his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, the officials said.
Al-Haidari and six of his bodyguards were killed Tuesday when their three-vehicle convoy was fired upon in northern Baghdad. An insurgent group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has claimed responsibility for the assassination.