Monday, October 29, 2007

Iraqi soldiers free 8 kidnapped tribal leaders

BAGHDAD, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Iraqi soldiers freed eight kidnapped tribal leaders on Monday in a raid on a house near Baghdad where they were being held, and are searching for three others seized at the same time, the government said.

Eleven tribal sheikhs, some Sunni and some Shi'ite, were seized on Sunday while returning to Diyala province northeast of Baghdad after talks with a representative of Iraq's prime minister. They were members of a group set up to fight al Qaeda in Diyala.

A Defence Ministry spokesman said troops raided the house after tip-offs from local residents. They said another location was also being raided as part of efforts to find the three tribal leaders who were still missing.......

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