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Monday, June 05, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 5

June 5 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Monday as of 0900 GMT.

The new Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has vowed to rein in insurgent and sectarian violence that has killed thousands of people since U.S.-forces invaded Iraq in 2003.


* BAGHDAD - Gunmen in police uniforms abducted up to 50 employees of various Baghdad transport companies on Monday, police and Interior Ministry sources said.

* SUWAYRA - Four bodies with stab wounds were found in the Tigris River near Suwayra, 45 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad.

BAQUBA - Gunmen shot dead the bodyguard of a local official and the bodyguard's father and brother in the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army forces raided four targets in central Baghdad and killed a financier bankrolling insurgent activities, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces captured two al Qaeda militants responsible for attacks in Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

MOSUL - The Iraqi army arrested 22 suspects in Mosul 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, the Defence Ministry said.

BASRA - The Iraqi army arrested four men and confiscated weapons in the city of Basra, 550 km (340 miles) south of Baghdad, the Defence Ministry said.

NEAR FALLUJA - Police found the body of a man who had been shot and tortured near the town of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police sources said.

BAGHAD - Iraqi forces killed one "terrorist" and detained three others in a raid in Baghdad on Sunday, the government said.


* BAGHDAD - Three suspects in the murder of Iraqi-British aid worker Margaret Hassan in 2004 were due to stand trial in an Iraqi court, a British official said.

* BAGHDAD - The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-accused for crimes against humanity resumed in Baghdad, with more defence witnesses taking the stand.
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