Iraqi security forces Wednesday killed four Islamists in Kirkuk and seized three explosive-laden vehicles wired with explosives in an overnight swoop, according to an Iraqi officer.
Anwar Amin, a major-general, cited by Reuters, said Iraq civil defence corps troops attacked the hideout, located around 130 kilometers south of Kirkuk after receiving a tip-off.
Elsewhere, two missiles hit a residence and a car outside the building in southern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding four, witnesses said.
In a separate development, a Danish man, who had been missing in Iraq for over a week and who was believed to have been abducted, has been found dead, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
The ministry said it was notified about the missing Dane late Tuesday night by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority.
The missing man was said to have been in his 30s but has not been otherwise identified. He was found dead on April 12 by Iraqi police, the ministry said it was told.
No details about how he died or where was found were immediately available. He was reported missing April 11.
Meanwhile, the man's family has been informed, the Foreign Ministry added. Ekstra Bladet newspaper reported the man was Henrik Frandsen, a 35-year-old plumber from Copenhagen. He became the second Dane to die in Iraq.
In the meantime, a Spanish base in south-central Iraq came under mortar fire twice overnight but suffered no casualties or damage, a multinational force spokesman said Wednesday.
Occupation troops were unable to find the attackers, who
fired several mortar rounds at the Najaf base of the
Spanish-led Plus Ultra brigade, which also includes troops
from El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Honduras.
Madrid plans to bring home its 1,300 troops in six weeks,
and following the Spanish lead, Honduras and the Dominican
Republic said they too would bring their troops home soon. (Albawaba.com)
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