Sunday, May 27, 2007

Report: Police chief kidnapped at checkpoint in Diyala

Above: An Iraqi Army soldier with his rocket-propelled grenade launcher resting on his shoulder at a checkpoint in April.

Baaquba, May 27, (VOI)- Gunmen wearing an Iraqi army uniform on Sunday kidnapped a police chief at a fake checkpoint in Diala province, 57 km northeast of Baghdad, a police source said.

"Unknown gunmen forced Lieutenant Colonel Abdel Salam Rashid, director of Facilities Protection Force in Diala, at gunpoint into unknown destination after they stopped him at a fake checkpoint," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

"The gunmen were wearing the Iraqi army uniform," the source added.

He said "Iraqi security forces were alerted and a wide-scale search campaign started in hunt for the gunmen."

From VOI