Gunmen in police uniforms have abducted about 50 people working for transport companies in Baghdad. The employees were snatched in broad daylight in what appears to have been a coordinated operation. The bold nature of the crime underlines once again the deepening security crisis facing Iraq’s new government.
One man described the scene, saying that at nine in the morning 15 cars carrying what appeared to be troops raided the transport companies – his three cousins and owners of the firms were taken. Despite the daily bloodshed and violence, the country’s courts are still managing to do their work.
An Iraqi man has been sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the abduction and killing of the Iraqi-British aid worker Margaret Hassan. Despite international appeals for her release, the 59-year-old was killed by her captors a month after her kidnapping. Her body has never been found.