Iraq: 14 bodies of hostages found in Diyala

March 2, 2007 17:21


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The bodies of 14 Iraqi security officers were found dead Friday after a militant group claimed to have kidnapped them, Iraq's Interior Ministry said. Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said 14 bodies were found Friday afternoon in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. The Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida linked Sunni group, posted a statement on the Internet earlier Friday saying 18 men were kidnapped in retaliation for the alleged rape of a Sunni woman by members of Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated police force.

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