Iraqi mayor kidnapped and killed

The bullet-riddled body of a kidnapped Iraqi mayor was found dumped on a road today, police and morgue officials said.

The bullet-riddled body of a kidnapped Iraqi mayor was found dumped on a road today, police and morgue officials said.

Police said Khalaf Ghargan, the mayor of Dijelah, was abducted by gunmen about 300 yards from his home.

Witnesses said the kidnappers ambushed Ghargan’s car, dragged him out and sped away. Two bodyguards and a driver were left behind, they said.

Dijelah lies just south of Kut, 100 miles south-east of Baghdad. Kut is the capital of Wasit province.

Ghargan’s body was taken to Kut morgue, said morgue official Maamoun Ajeel al-Rubaie. Another body, handcuffed and showing signs of torture, was also taken to the morgue today, he said.

Witnesses said Iraqi security forces were searching the area where the abduction took place.

A roadside bomb exploded today near a police patrol in Mosul, 225 miles north-west of Baghdad, wounding two civilians, police said.

Yesterday in Qaim, 200 miles west of the capital, gunmen broke into the home of a policeman and killed him and his two brothers, police said.

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