Iraqi defence minister's relative seized

In a videotaped message received by Aljazeera, a purported Iraqi group says it has seized a relative of interim Iraqi minister of defence Hazim al-Shaalan.

    Iraqi police have lost many officers in recent attacks

    Calling itself al-Ghadhab al-IIlahi (Divine Wrath), the Iraqi group said it had seized Major-General Salah Hassan Zaidan al-Lami, an in-law of Iraqi al-Shaalan's.

    Another unidentified relative was also seized.

    The captors called for halting military operations in Najaf and the release of Muqtada al-Sadr aide, Ali al-Sumaisim who was arrested by Iraqi police earlier on Wednesday.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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