In a statement posted on an Islamic militant Web site on Saturday, the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq claimed it abducted and killed two groups of Iraqi government forces - including the 14 policemen whose bodies were found northeast of Baghdad.
The Islamic State of Iraq said in the posting that it seized and killed the 14 policemen in Iraq's northeast province of Diyala, in a different operation from one in which it captured and killed 18 other troops belonging to government security forces.
Both groups were slain in retaliation for the alleged rape of a Sunni woman by members of the Shiite-dominated police, the statement said.
Although the dead bodies of 14 policemen were found Friday northeast of Baghdad, the militant group had not in earlier postings announced their kidnapping.
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