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Iraq Makes Arrests Over Deadly Blasts

By VOA News
29 October 2009

The Iraqi military says it has arrested more than 60 security force members in connection with the recent series of bombings in Baghdad that killed about 155 people.

A military spokesman said Thursday the arrests included 11 military officers. He did not say whether the army suspected the detained officers of involvement in the blasts or of negligence in protecting the Iraqi capital.

Sunday's car bombings targeted Iraq's justice ministry and a provincial government building. An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

On Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is sending a senior U.N. official, Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, to Iraq for preliminary discussions related to Iraq's security and sovereignty. Mr. Ban added the move was in response to a request from the Iraqi government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.



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