Deputy Electricity Minister, Bodyguards Kidnapped in Baghdad

Gunmen in camouflaged uniforms kidnapped Iraq's deputy electricity minister along with 11 of his bodyguards in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, security officials said.

The gunmen stopped Raed al-Hares' convoy in the Shiite neighborhood of Talbiya, then forced the official and his bodyguards into their vehicles, said police Lt. Ahmed Qassim.

CountryWatch: Iraq

The kidnapping occurred three days after gunmen seized Sunni female legislator Tayseer al-Mashhadani in a Shiite area of east Baghdad. She and seven bodyguards are still missing.