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17 November 2004 -- Officials with Iraq's Interior Ministry are trying to confirm a report today that at least 31 police officers were kidnapped while returning from training in neighboring Jordan on 14 November.
The report came from one policeman, who says he escaped while some 20 armed men entered a hotel on near the Jordanian border where they were staying. He said the kidnappers hooded the unarmed policemen, tied their hands, and took them away.
The authenticity of the report could not be immediately confirmed.
In the northern town of Baiji today, at least five Iraqis were killed when a bomb exploded close to a U.S. patrol.
The city of Mosul, also in the north, was relatively quiet today after days of clashes between U.S. and Iraqi forces and insurgents.
In Al-Fallujah, U.S. and Iraqi forces were still hunting for insurgents after nine days of fighting that the U.S. military says has left some 1,600 insurgents dead.