Deaths in Iraq bomb attack

Eight people killed in blast in Baghdad while a police chief is kidnapped in Diyala.

    Policeman abducted

    In other developments on Saturday, security officials said that the police chief of a town northeast of Baghdad had been abducted on Friday by armed men wearing Iraqi military uniforms.


    A convoy carrying Colonel Amer Insaief, police chief of Muqdadiya in Diyala province, was ambushed near the village of Abu Saidr, security officials told AFP news agency.


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    "He was returning to Muqdadiya from Baghdad yesterday when he was kidnapped near Abu Saidr close to Baquba," a security official in Baquba, capital of Diyala, said.


    The previous day, an aide for Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shia leader, said al-Sadr could end a ban on activities by his Mahdi Army force due to US and Iraqi raids against his followers.


    During Friday's sermon in Kufa, 160 km south of Baghdad, Sheikh Assad al-Nasseri said that patience with US operations was running out.


    "It was one decision which could end in one minute and then they will be sorry," he said.


    Al-Sadr's imposition in August of a six-month ceasefire has seen as incidental to a drop in the number of people believed to have been victims of Shia "death squads".


    The US welcomed al-Sadr's ceasefire declaration but has continued operations against splinter groups of the Mahdi Army.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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