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Iraqi Authorities Seize Suspected Insurgent Commander

Boys remove rubble from the site of a mortar attack in Al-Najaf on May 23 (file photo) (epa) May 30, 2006 -- Iraqi security forces have arrested a suspected insurgent commander blamed for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including a series of beheadings in various parts of the country.

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samer al-Battawi was arrested in the Firdos district of Baghdad on May 29.

In fresh violence today, at least five people were killed in a bombing in Al-Hillah, south of Baghdad, and two female employees of the Interior Ministry were killed by a mortar round fired at the ministry.

(AP, AFP, Reuters)

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