At least 4 maybe 5 British citizens have been kidnapped at gunpoint during a meeting at the Finance Ministry in Baghdad
There are also reports Germans may also have been seized. The westerners are said to include consultants advising Iraqi civil servants on how to give out contracts as well as bodyguards there to protect them. The gunmen are said to have been dressed in police uniforms. Its the first time westerners have been abducted from a secure government building.
In two separate incidents bombs went off in Baghdad killing around 40 people. Car bombs went off in a busy commercial district in the centre of the Iraqi capital within an hour of each other. Many of the victims were people going to the local market or cueing up for jobs.
May has become one of the deadliest months for American troops too in Iraq. 10 have been killed in the past 24 hours.