Scores, including officers, arrested following Baghdad deadly blasts

Published October 29th, 2009 - 02:16 GMT

Over 60 members of the Iraqi security forces, including 13 officers, have been detained over this week's twin bombings in central Baghdad that killed 153 people, a security spokesman said Thursday. Those detained were deployed in the Salhiyeh neighbourhood of Baghdad where the suicide bombers blasted government buildings on Sunday, Major General Qasim Atta, spokesman for Baghdad operations command, told AFP.


According to him, among those held were six army officers and seven senior policemen, including the chief of police of Salhiyeh. Also rounded up, he added, were the commanders of 15 security checkpoints in Salhiyeh.


The probe into the deadly explosions took on a political turn Thursday, with parliament's defence and security committee urging Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to "detail the security situation and the challenges Iraq faces" in a question and answer session with parliament as soon as possible. It has also required ministers responsible for security to submit a detailed report to the Council of Representatives within 48 hours on Sunday's attacks, and to answer questions over the bombings.



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