Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Gunmen assassinated two professors in central and northern Iraq on Monday, police said.
Professor Ahmed Hamid al-Taie, head of clinic department in Mosul University was gunned down by unidentified armed men at about 1:30 p.m. (10:30 GMT) in downtown of Mosul city, some 400 km north of Baghdad, while he was heading for home, a local police source told Xinhua.
In separate incident, assailants also shot dead Fulayeh al-Ghurabi, a professor at Babil University in the Babil province, some 100 km south of Baghdad, as he was driving home around midday, said a police source from Hilla city, the capital of the province.
Education in Iraqi universities is all but crumbled due to sectarian strife, security and political vacuum after three and a half years of U.S.-led occupation.
Media reports suggested that thousands of Iraqi high-profile professionals have left the country recently.