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UPDATED: 21:12, October 09, 2006
Gunmen kidnap 11 Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad
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Gunmen attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad's eastern slum of Sadr City on Monday, kidnapping 11 soldiers, an interior Ministry source said.

"Unknown gunmen in a minibus stormed the checkpoint of Hamza Square in Sadr City district and seized all the soldiers, apparently without shooting at any of them," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attackers were not immediately identified, according to the source, who said that the area where the incident took place was under the control of the Mehdi militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

The incident came a day after U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 20 militants in clashes with the Mehdi army in the Shiite City of Diwaniyah, some 130 km south of Baghdad.

Source: Xinhua

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