Baghdad blasts: 61 security force members held

Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 17:40

Baghdad: More than 60 security force members including 11 officers have been arrested over twin bombings in Baghdad that killed 153 people, Army spokesman General Qasim Atta said on Thursday.
Those arrested were deployed in the Salhiya section of the capital where the devastating suicide blasts on Sunday targeted government buildings and wrought havoc in the streets, said Atta, spokesman for Baghdad military command.

"The commission of inquiry into the double attack on Sunday ordered the arrest of 11 officers of various ranks and 50 members of the security forces responsible for the protection of Salhiya," he said.

The Health Ministry said today the toll from the attacks claimed by al Qaeda but blamed by the government on members of the outlawed Baath party stood at 153 people killed and more than 500 wounded.

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First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 17:40

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