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Suspects Arrested in Iraq in British Aid Worker Murder


Officials in Baghdad say five suspects arrested in the kidnapping and murder of British aid worker Margaret Hassan have admitted involvement in her death.

An Iraqi police spokesman says the men, along with several others, were detained after two early morning raids Sunday in a town south of Baghdad.

He said during the first raid, American and Iraqi troops found several articles believed to be related to the 59-year-old aid worker abducted last October.

Although her body has not been found, a video released to an Arabic news channel, al-Jazeera, showed the murder of a western woman believed to be Mrs. Hassan. The station refused to air the entire tape for what it called humanitarian reasons.

Married to an Iraqi man, the former director of the Baghdad office of CARE International spent 30 years caring for Iraq's poorest citizens.

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