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One Russian diplomat was killed and four diplomatic employees were abducted in the Iraqi capital on Saturday, the Associated Press reported quoting a Russian Embassy official in Baghdad.
“Yes, I can confirm this. One diplomat killed, four employees kidnapped. That’s all I can say. No commentary,” the official, contacted by telephone from Moscow, told The Associated Press. He refused to give his name or provide any further details.
Police in Baghdad said witnesses at the scene told them that gunmen opened fire on a car that belonged to the Russians in west Baghdad’s upscale Mansour district.
Interior Ministry Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohamedawi said one person was killed in the incident.
Originally posted by Relentless
Retaliation for Putin's strong words? Come on, doesn't even Bush & the CIA have better things to worry about.
I have to call this one a major stretch.
Originally posted by Malichai
Baghdad is a dangerous place to be even for the natives, but I have to wonder if America is not behind this in some way.
Four Russian Embassy employees were released hours after being seized by gunmen in an attack in western Baghdad that left one of their colleagues dead, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Sunday.
An Interior Ministry spokesman on Sunday denied a report that four Russian hostages had been released the night before in a raid by Iraqi commandos.
An interior ministry official had said they were freed by Iraqi commandos in a raid on the attackers' hideout on Saturday night.
On Saturday, police sources said they had been rescued by special forces. But a police official dismissed that report on Sunday.