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Friday, June 09, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 9

June 9 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Friday 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 kidnapped Muthana al-Budairi, a senior official of Iraq's oil ministry in Baghdad, after he left work on Thursday, police and oil ministry sources said on Friday.

BAGHDAD - Authorities enforced a traffic ban in an apparent effort to prevent al Qaeda reprisals after the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The Interior Ministry said the ban in Baghdad and in the volatile town of Baquba, near where U.S. warplanes killed al Qaeda's leader in Iraq on Wednesday, would be in effect from 11 a.m. (0700 GMT) until 3 p.m., when most Iraqis go to mosques for Friday prayers.

MOSUL - Gunmen shot dead Zuhair Muhammad Kashmola, brother of the governor of Mosul province, in the city of Mosul 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police sources said.

RAMADI - Gunmen attacked two civilian trucks carrying construction materials for the U.S. base in Ramadi and abducted the drivers, said police Lieutenant Rahman Al-Dulaimi in the town 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad. The trucks were destroyed in the attack.

FALLUJA - Gunmen shot dead a civilian in central Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police and witnesses said.
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