Iraq: Reporter kidnapped as U.S. army kills six al Qaeda suspects
American forces killed six suspects and detained ten others Saturday in raids across central and northern Iraq, the military said. In one operation northeast of Samarra, American troops killed two armed suspects in a house believed to be used as an al-Qaeda in Iraq propaganda base, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Four other suspects were seen running into an adjacent building, the statement said. U.S. forces called for them to come out, but no one responded, so the Americans "engaged the armed men, killing four" of them, it said.
Afterward, U.S. troops discovered that three of the suspects killed were wearing suicide vests at the time, the military said. A weapons cache and bomb-making materials were also found, it said, according to the AP.
In the Iraqi capital, U.S. soldiers captured six suspects in raids targeting Iraqis accused of helping foreign insurgents, the military said. One of the men was on the military's wanted list, it said.
Meanwhile, an Iraqi television reporter was abudcted on his way to work in central Baghdad, his station said Saturday. Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a 28-year-old reporter for the Iraqi satellite channel al-Baghdadiyah, disappeared Friday, according to an editor at the channel, cited by AFP.
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