BAGHDAD, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Gunmen fired on the convoy of Baghdad governor Ali al-Haidri Tuesday, killing him and a bodyguard, and two car bombs killed eight and wounded 50 in the city.
Witnesses said there was an intense gun battle between the assassins and the governor's bodyguards, with the militants spraying the convoy with automatic fire. Two bodyguards were wounded in the fight.
Haidri had survived a September assassination attempt when his convoy was ambushed by attackers using a roadside bomb and firing machine guns.
In another incident, witnesses said a suicide bomber tried to drive a fuel truck into an Iraqi Special Forces base in western Baghdad, but instead detonated the vehicle outside the building when policemen confronted him.
Minutes later another suicide bomber attempted to smash his booby-trapped vehicle into the building. He too failed and the truck exploded in flames, causing more casualties.
Eight people died in the attacks, including six Iraqi Special Forces, and 50 were injured. Police sealed off the scene of the blasts, over which a huge black cloud billowed as rescue workers evacuated the casualties.
Insurgents continue to attack Iraqi soldiers, police, politicians and other authority figures in advance of the nation's first democratic elections, which are scheduled for Jan. 30.