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Policeman shoots Iraqi journalist after argument

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A policeman in Iraq’s stubbornly violent city of Mosul shot a local journalist twice in the head on Thursday afternoon, killing him, police said.

While violence has subsided across the country, Iraq remains a dangerous place for journalists. At least 135 have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Mohammed Yunis Mohammed, a Mosul policeman, had been drinking when he approached the home of neighbour Salam al-Dosaki, a journalist with the local al-Hadba newspaper, police said.

An argument ensued between the two men and Mohammed, an Arab, shot and killed Dosaki, a Kurd, on his doorstep. Mohammed was in police custody on Thursday evening, police said.

Police said it was a personal dispute.

Ethnically mixed Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, is now Iraq’s most violent city.

Reporting by Wisam Mohammed in Baghdad and a Reuters correspondent in Mosul; Editing by Michael Roddy