Unidentified gunmen assassinated the imam of Zhu al-Nurain Mosque--a well-respected member of the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars--while on his way to perform Friday prayers killing him and his brother.
Police reported that Sheikh Mohammed Abdul-Hameed al-Nuaimi was walking to the mosque with his brother when the ambush occurred. Both were killed.
"The gunmen opened drive-by thick fire at Sheikh Nuaimi and escaped to an unknown place," Brig. Abdul-Kareem al-Juburi told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The Zhu al-Nurain Mosque is one of the most prominent Sunni religious centers in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, which has seen fighting between the majority Sunni and the roughly 30% Kurdish population.