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Gunmen Kidnap 26 Workers in Southwest Baghdad


Iraqi officials say a group of gunmen has kidnapped 26 workers from a meat processing factory in western Baghdad.

Officials said the gunmen rounded up the workers and stole two refrigerator trucks late Sunday.

Meanwhile, a senior Iraqi official says security forces are close to capturing or killing al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri.

Iraqi officials Sunday released a video that shows Masri instructing insurgents how to make a car bomb. National Security Advisor Mouwafak al-Rubaie said Masri's days are numbered.

Also Sunday, Baghdad officials lifted a curfew that shut down the Iraqi capital for more than a day. There was no official explanation for the curfew, which was put in place late Friday, and kept the streets empty Saturday.

Iraq imposed the curfew after the capture Friday of a man believed to be planning suicide car bomb attacks in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses government, diplomatic and military offices.

The suspect is a bodyguard of Sunni Arab politician Adnan al-Dulaymi and was captured during a raid on al-Dulaymi's residence. The politician has not been implicated in the alleged plot.

In another development, the U.S. military announced Sunday that two American soldiers were killed in combat in al Anbar province on Saturday.

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

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