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(RFE/RL) 24 January 2006 -- Iraqi officials say gunmen today kidnapped two German engineers in the industrial town of Baiji.


Colonel Kadhem Abbas of the Iraqi police said the two Germans worked at a detergent plant inside an industrial complex surrounding Baiji's oil refinery, the biggest in Iraq.


The deputy governor of Salah Al-Din Province, Abdullah Jubara, confirmed the men had been seized.


Baiji, which lies 180 km north of Baghdad, has been the site of a great deal of insurgent activity in recent months.


Separately, the U.S. military have announced that two U.S. soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb and two Marines died in a vehicle accident in western Iraq. All four of the troops died on 23 January.


(Reuters, AP)

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