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Iraq arrests three al-Qaida men in Baghdad

March 27, 2007 at 7:07 AM   |   Comments

BAGHDAD, March 27 (UPI) -- An Iraqi general said an al-Qaida leader who admitted killing 300 people and two of his aides have been arrested in Baghdad security sweeps.

At a news conference, Gen. Qassem Atta showed a video of the arrest of Ahmad Farhan and the two others, the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reported Tuesday.

"Farhan, a leader of the terrorist organization in Iraq, admitted his direct responsibility for killing up to 300 persons and abducting some 200 others and confessed also of having close ties with a wanted man named Abu Omar al-Baghdadi," Atta said.

The video also showed the seizure of a large cache of arms, the report said.

The general said between March 21-26, the ongoing security sweep of Baghdad had resulted in freeing a total of 25 hostages, the arrests of 30 known terrorists and 227 other arrests of suspects.

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