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Iraq Arrests Sniper Suspect

(RFE/RL) March 18, 2007 -- An Iraqi official has said Iraqi security forces seized a cache of weapons, including a sniper rifle, and arrested seven suspects in a raid on the house of a leading Sunni lawmaker.

General Qassim Mussawi, spokesman for Iraqi forces in Baghdad, also said today that four cars taken from Dhafer al-Ani's house had been tested and found to contain traces of explosives.

Al-Ani is a former spokesman for Iraq's biggest Sunni movement, the Islamic Party, which is part of the government of national unity.

It is not clear whether al-Ani was in his Baghdad home on March 8, when the raid took place.

(Reuters, AFP)

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