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Koizumi sends condolences to Iraq over Baghdad governor's death.

TOKYO, Jan. 5 Kyodo

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.
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Date:Jan 10, 2005
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