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Iraqi Gunmen Kill 5 Guards, Kidnap Iraqi Businessman


Iraqi police say gunmen wearing Iraqi special forces uniforms have kidnapped a wealthy businessman and his son, after killing five of their bodyguards.

Police Friday say Ghalib Abdul Hussein Kubba, director-general of the Basra International Bank, was abducted from his home in western Baghdad late Thursday, along with his son.

Officers say no demands have been made so far.

In northern Baghdad, police say they discovered the bodies of at least three unidentified men who had been shot dead. Elsewhere, insurgents have blown up an oil pipeline, sabotaging oil delivery.

In other developments, a White House spokesman Friday stressed that Iraqi police forces must adhere to the highest human rights standards.

The comments come as Iraq's interior ministry investigates allegations that death squads are operating within the police force and targeting Sunni Arabs.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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