Iraq: Kidnapped Sunni soccer official found dead

December 3, 2006 19:07


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The bullet-ridden body of the Sunni Arab chairman of one of Iraq's leading soccer clubs was found Sunday, nearly three days after he was kidnapped by gunmen in the capital, police said. Hadib Majhoul, the head of the popular Talaba club and a member of the Iraqi Soccer Federation, was the latest in a series of fatal attacks on sports figures amid Iraq's spiraling sectarian violence. Majhoul was seized late Thursday by gunmen in two cars who intercepted him while he was going to work, said Tariq Ahmed, an official with the federation. At the time, police confirmed that Majhoul was kidnapped in northern Baghdad but did not elaborate, citing concerns for his safety. On Sunday police recovered the chairman's body in a neighborhood of western Baghdad and brought it to a morgue where it was identified by relatives, said police 1st Lt. Ali Muhsin.

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