Isma’il Muhammad Khalal

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Khalaf, 54, a printing technician for the government daily Al-Sabah,
was killed when a car packed with explosives blew up the back side of the
paper’s main offices at about 9 a.m., one of the busiest times at the paper, Al-Sabah reported.

least 25 employees at the paper suffered injuries from flying glass and debris.
Thirteen were treated at the scene; the others were taken to a local hospital.
The employees went back to work that day and the paper published its issue on

have frequently targeted Al-Sabah and
its journalists because of the paper’s ties to the U.S.-supported Iraqi
government. Insurgents have killed at least 15 other employees of the paper and
its affiliates since 2004, and the offices of the paper and its affiliates have
repeatedly come under mortar attack.