'Al-Zarqawi follower' arrested in Kirkuk

A follower of the US's most wanted man in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been arrested in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, according to the US military.

    Al-Zarqawi has a $25m bounty on his head

    The suspect was arrested on Monday night along with a suspected local kidnapping ring, Colonel Lloyd Miles of

    the 25th Infantry Division said

    at the US military base at Kirkuk's airport.

    Miles provided no further details about the detainee, but

     said troops arrested eight Iraqis suspected of

    involvement in a recent wave of tit-for-tat kidnappings between

    Kurds and Arabs.

    The ethnic tinderbox of Kirkuk is the scene of frequent violence

    between Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen.

    The Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi has a $25 million bounty on his

    head and is blamed by both the Iraqi interim government and the United

    States for some of the bloodiest attacks in Iraq during the

    15-month-old occupation.

    The US also alleges al-Zarqawi has links with al-Qaida, although some analysts say the Jordanian's threat is exaggerated and he

    may not even be alive.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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