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Police chief killed in Iraq - 14 beheaded bodies found

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday October 13, 2006

Baghdad- The emergency police chief of the Iraqi province of Babylon, 100 kilometres south of Baghdad, was killed and seven police officers wounded when an explosive device planted in their office detonated Friday, security sources said. The dead man was identified as Colonel Qays al-Mamoury, sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Elsewhere the bodies of 14 decapitated construction workers were found near the city of Balad, 100 kilometres north of the capital, police sources said Friday.

Sources told dpa that the workers were kidnapped Thursday while working on a residential building in the town of Dolo'eya. They had all been shot and decapitated in what was seen as another sectarian attack.

Balad is inhabited mainly by Shiites while the surrounding area is inhabited by Arab Sunni tribes.

Meanwhile, police in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul said ten extremists and a police officer were killed Thursday evening when the extremists tried to storm the governor's building.

Six people were wounded, including four policemen, and 39 suspected extremists were arrested.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency