Iraqi officials said Saturday they were holding a top al-Qaida official, but not the terror mastermind Abu Omar al-Baghdadi who they believed was captured a day earlier.
"After preliminary investigations, it was proven that the arrested al-Qaida person is not Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, but, in fact, another important al-Qaida official," said Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Mousawi, an Iraqi military spokesman.
"Interrogations and investigations are still under way to get more information," he said.
It was al-Mousawi who announced late Friday that al-Baghdadi had been captured.