Deputy Electricity Minister, Bodyguards Kidnapped in Baghdad

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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.