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Gunmen abduct Olympic chief, 50 others in Iraq

Details of the abduction were sketchy, but cops said the incident took place at a conference centre in Baghdad.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 17:32 IST

Gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms abducted about 50 people, including the head of Iraq's national Olympic committee, while they were holding a meeting in Baghdad on Saturday, police sources said.

Details of the mass abduction were sketchy, but police said the incident took place at a major conference centre in central Baghdad.

Some mass kidnappings reported by police have later turned out to be arrests made by other security departments.

Police sources said the well-known Olympic Committee chief Ahmed al-Hadjiya and 21 bodyguards had been taken, along with some 30 athletes, by gunmen in blue camouflage uniforms who were driving official-looking four-wheel drive vehicles.

Iraq's Olympic Committee was dominated by Saddam Hussein's son Uday until the US invasion of 2003.