Unidentified gunmen have attacked a hotel in central Baghdad, killing six people and kidnapping a Turkish businessman.

Authorities say the incident occurred early Thursday, when gunmen opened fire on a minibus that came to pickup the businessman staying in the hotel.

Separately, the U.S. military says coalition forces have rounded up dozens of suspected insurgents in raids across Iraq ahead of the January 30 national assembly elections.

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and President Bush have said the election must go ahead as scheduled.

The non-governmental International Organization for Migration is arranging for the casting of ballots for nearly one-million eligible expatriate Iraqis living in 14 countries, including the United States.

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