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
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 : Al Jazeera, News Agencies

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