Iraqi police on Saturday found eight severed heads north of Baghdad with a note indicating they were killed in retaliation for the slaying of four Shiite doctors, authorities said, while a Russian diplomat was killed and four diplomatic employees abducted in the capital.
The grisly discovery came as at least 11 other people were killed amid a spike in violence in the volatile city of Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad.
Five of the slain men whose heads were found were security guards at a hospital complex in the capital who had been arrested by Iraqi police on Thursday, Lt. Col. Adil Al-Zihari of the Diyala police said.
Notes found with the heads near a highway in the Hadid village near the volatile city of Baqouba, said one of those killed was Abdul Aziz al-Sheik Hamad and accused him of killing four Shiite doctors and a former governor during the administrator of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.
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