Police nab 5 al-Qaeda members in Baghdad, Diwaniyah

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Iraqi security forces on Friday (December 28th) arrested five al-Qaeda members during security operations carried out in Diwaniyah province and Baghdad, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Ministry spokesperson Col. Saad Maan told Al-Shorfa that police carried out the security operations simultaneously, netting three suspects in Diwaniyah and two in Baghdad.

He said these men, who were part of a cell, had plans to attack visitors of holy shrines in two concurrent operations in Baghdad and Diwaniyah.

Police also uncovered an explosive vest and sticky bombs during the operation, Maan said.

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