Iraq arrests two over deadly Baghdad attacks: Security

Iraqi soldiers arrested two suspected insurgents behind a brazen series of attacks in Baghdad this week that killed 16 people and wounded 14 others, a security official said on Saturday.

Updated: Jul 31, 2010, 22:31 PM IST

Baghdad: Iraqi soldiers arrested two
suspected insurgents behind a brazen series of attacks in
Baghdad this week that killed 16 people and wounded 14 others,
a security official said on Saturday.

The pair was arrested as a result of security camera
footage that showed insurgents setting alight three dead
soldiers and planting al Qaeda`s flag, a defence ministry
official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The private surveillance tape was taken from a shop in
the predominantly Sunni area of Adhamiyah where the attack,
which also involved homemade bombs being placed on routes to
the scene of the fire, took place on Thursday.

"The private security camera recorded the entire
operation and shows the gunmen attack an army checkpoint,
plant bombs and burn dead bodies," the official said.

According to the official, the videotape shows the gunmen
killing the soldiers after a 10-minute gun battle, pouring oil
over their bodies and setting them on fire.

"Then, they put bombs on the roads leading to the scene,
and planted the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq (al Qaeda`s
front group) near the dead bodies before fleeing," the
official said.

He said two people including a lawyer had been arrested
as a result of the footage of the attacks, which occurred
within 15 minutes of each other.

In addition to the original killing of the soldiers,
three homemade bomb attacks on different routes to the scene
of the shooting killed 13 more people, including three
soldiers and three policemen, and wounded 14, among them seven
police and two civil defence members, the interior ministry
said.

Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta said
"large numbers of weapons and explosions were found within the
last 24 hours" in raids as part of an investigation into the
attack.

"A number of suspects and wanted persons have been
arrested after the terrorist attack in Adhamiyah," he said.

PTI