Azerbaijan and Armenia report armed clashes in Karabakh conflict areaWorld February 25, 11:45
Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
Russia to veto UNSC resolution imposing sanctions on Syria — envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 22:29
Ukrainian MP Savchenko arrives in Donetsk republic to visit Ukrainian prisoners — agencyWorld February 24, 22:25
Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plansRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 16:32
Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on IS positions in SyriaWorld February 24, 16:09
Nord Stream 2 financing model to be ready by year end - OMVBusiness & Economy February 24, 13:44
CAIRO, June 11 (Itar-Tass) - The Al Qaeda gunmen kidnapped 22 people north of Baghdad. The armed group took several hostages overnight to Tuesday near Hamrin, which is situated 75 kilometres northeast of the city Baaquba, an administrative centre of the province Diyala, Iraqi media reported on Tuesday.
The extremists planted a false checkpoint on the road, stopping for an alleged check the vehicles, where their victims were going. Later the kidnappers took the hostages, which are the natives of the local tribe zarkush, in the unknown direction.
Seven hostages were executed. The law enforcers found them dead. The fate of other hostages is unclear.
A warlord of the local Al Qaeda unit was killed in a raid of the Iraqi law enforcement agencies at dawn in En-Nahiya, another district of Diyala. According to available reports, the warlord was behind the kidnappings and murders of local residents and law enforcers.
In the last few months the wave of inter-confessional violence has been rolling over Iraq and threatens to grow in a large-scale civil war. The explosions and attacks of the gunmen claimed over 1,000 lives in May, the United Nations Organization reported.
On Monday, the raids of the extremists resulted in the killing of over 80 people in the country. As many as 37 Iraqi citizens were killed and over 120 people were injured only in Mosul, 370 kilometres north of Baghdad.