Iraqi police dismantle al-Qaeda-affiliated cell in northern Baghdad

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A federal police force, assisted by fighters from the Iraqi counter-terrorism agency, on Saturday (February 16th) dismantled an al-Qaeda-affiliated cell planning to attack demonstrators in northern Baghdad, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

The force arrested nine gunmen from a cell specialised in launching rocket attacks, ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan told Al-Shorfa.

"The police arrested the group in a raid on a residential building in al-Adhamiyah," he said. "They had short-range rockets, a rocket launcher, various explosives, al-Qaeda flags and books in their possession."

He said the group had been planning to launch attacks on demonstrators in al-Adhamiyah and other areas to sow strife in the country.

They are now under investigation pending their referral to the Iraqi judiciary under article 4 of the anti-terrorism law, Maan said.

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