First tests show captured man is Saddam

The US military in Iraq says initial DNA tests indicate they've captured former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in his hometown Tikrit.

In London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair confirmed that Saddam Hussein had been captured alive in Iraq, saying in a statement that Saddam was apprehended Saturday night.

A senior US official said, cautionary scientific testing, possibly DNA, was being done early Sunday morning to try to confirm the identity.

The official said the captured man's appearance did not immediately look like Saddam, but additional efforts to ascertain his identity indicated he was the former leader.

The military raids in and around Tikrit were based on fresh intelligence and were aimed at capturing Saddam, and the man thought to be the former Iraqi president was captured in one of the targeted buildings.

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