It's a serious blow to US attempts to stabilize Iraq before a handover of power at the end of next month. Iraqi officials now say nine people -- including a suicide bomber -- were killed in today's bomb attack that took the life of the head of the Iraqi Governing Council. Abdel-Zahraa Othman -- better known as Izzadine Saleem -- was the second member of the US-appointed council to be assassinated. US and British officials are vowing to push ahead with the transfer of power. And the man who's been chosen to replace Saleem as head of the council is promising to continue what he calls the "march toward freedom and democracy." In addition to Saleem, the bombing killed five people in his entourage, as well as two members of the Iraqi security forces. An Iraqi official says 14 Iraqis and an Egyptian were hurt. Two US soldiers were slightly injured.