Iraqi security forces capture 13 suspects over Baghdad deadly bombings

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The Iraqi government announced that its security forces captured 13 suspects over the massive bombings in Baghdad, while top Iraqi security officials continue briefing the parliament over the attacks, an Iraqi newspaper reported Monday.

"We have 13 criminals arrested over Tuesday's explosions and they will be convicted for their crimes," the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani as saying during the briefing parliament session on Sunday.

Bolani, joined by Defense Minister Abdul Qader al-Obeidi, National Security Minister Shirwan al-Waili and former Commander of Baghdad Operations Aboud Qanber, will continue be quizzed by the lawmakers for the third day on Monday, facing questions about security lapses that led to the killing and wounding of thousands of Iraqis in several deadly attacks in Baghdad since August.

For his part, Qanber told the parliament in Sunday's session that his command had received an intelligence letter from the U.S. military about an imminent attack hours before Tuesday's deadly bombings in Baghdad, but he said the information came late and incorrect, according to the paper.

"The attacks did not take place at the same sites (mentioned inthe U.S. letter) and the type of vehicles used in the attacks did not match to those of which we had been informed by the Americans," said Qanber, who lost his post as commander of Baghdad Operations Command in the aftermath of Tuesday's attacks.

On Saturday's briefing, Obeidi told the lawmakers that "most ofthe weapons seized by our troops are Russian made and smuggled from Syria." He also stressed that Iraq has to get better relations with neighboring countries "through concluding security agreements."

Meanwhile, Bolani told Saturday's session that "the only provinces which remain hot spots in Iraq are Baghdad, Nineveh and Diyala."

He confirmed that the crime figures in Iraq have dropped dramatically, attributing the latest security lapses to the "maladministration, infighting among Iraqi political parties and bureaucracy."

Source: Xinhua
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