Iraqi police find 8 severed heads near Baqouba

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.