Baghdad cop demanded ransom after killing boy: Police
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 17:53
Hilla (Iraq): A Baghdad police lieutenant kidnapped the 10-year-old son of his wealthy neighbour, killed the child and demanded a 160,000 dollar ransom before being snared when calls were traced to his phone.

The crime occurred in Mahawil, a town 80 kilometres south of Baghdad, in Babil province, police said.

"We have arrested him and he has confessed to the crime," a police official in Hilla, the provincial capital, told.

The killer, named as Lieutenant Haidar Atlas, worked in Baghdad but decided to snatch the son of Khudair Abdul Zahra, a food trader and neighbour in Mahawil, his home town.

"We caught him on Monday, the corpse was discovered and he has confessed to the crime," the official said, asking not to be named.

Atlas was discovered after calls from his mobile telephone to demand ransom money were traced back to him by investigators.

"He asked for 160,000 dollars but he had killed and buried the child immediately after the kidnap," the police official added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 17:53

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