Sources: Group leader arrested in Baghdad as Hillah death toll rises to 120
Iraqi security men have arrested a leader of a "militant group" which controlled a main street in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a security source said Tuesday.
The source told reporters that Iraqi army soldiers arrested the man in the western Baghdad suburb of Al-Amriyah. The source identified the man as Sayyed Hashem and said he was a "prince" of a "militant group" in Haifa Street and was responsible for many kidnappings and assassinations.
He added that Hashem fled the neighborhood after an army raid, but he was arrested Monday in what the source described as a "brothel."
Meanwhile, hundreds of people inspected corpses at a hospital morgue in Hillah Tuesday, trying to identify friends and family who died in a suicide bombing that killed at least 120 people on Monday.
Hospital official Ali Hassoun said at least five people had succumbed to wounds overnight, raising the toll to 120 dead. More than 130 others were wounded in the blast, which targeted mostly Shiite police and National Guard recruits lined up for physical exams at a medical clinic.