Men dressed as Iraqi soldiers kidnap two Germans

Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped two German engineers Tuesday in northern Iraq, and British troops detained several police officers among more than a dozen people linked to a series of killings, bombings and kidnappings in the southern city of Basra. The German government confirmed that two young German males from Leipzig had been abducted and a special crisis team has been sent to Iraq to deal with the matter. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Berlin is doing "everything in our power so that we not only receive information, but the hostages will be returned to us safely."