US arrests Palestinian diplomats in Iraq

United States troops have arrested three Palestinian diplomats and five others in Baghdad in connection with an attack on a US convoy earlier this week.

    Site of ambush on US
    forces: strong retaliation

    In a raid on the Palestinian mission in the Iraqi capital that ended midnight Wednesday, the US soldiers also seized weapons and a "book on terrorism".

    US Lieutenant General David McKiernan said seven Palestinians and a Syrian had been detained in the raid, which he said followed a bomb attack in the same area that killed a US soldier.

    The US raid netted "four AK-47s, seven grenades, one MP-5, four M-9s, a 0.48 calibre pistol and a book on terrorism", he said.

      

    "I have not seen the book on terrorism that was reported by the unit that conducted this operation but I'll take their word for it," he told a news conference.

      

    Palestinian mission spokesman Mohammed Atta said the raid had lasted from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday and left the offices ransacked.

     

    "The US forces arrested charge d'affaires Najjah Abdel Rahman, consul Ibrahim Mohsen and commercial counsellor Munir Sobhi, as well as three office staff and three security guards, all of them Palestinians, and two Iraqi gardeners," said Mohsen.

      

    But McKiernan claimed seven Palestinians and a Syrian were held. He said he could not provide evidence of their diplomatic status.

      

    Mohsen said US commanders had given no response to requests for information about the whereabouts of the staff and had sealed off the area around the mission in the upmarket Amriya area with 40 armoured vehicles.

      

    On the evening of 26 May, a US soldier was killed and three wounded when a bag of explosives was thrown in front of their convoy on the main road to Baghdad airport from the city centre.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.