Iraqi police arrested a man wanted for suspected links to a deadly bombing in eastern Baghdad last fall in raiding operations in southwest Baghdad last week. Sources in the 8th Police Division told IraqSlogger that Iraqi police raided a shop in the al-Tijari commercial neighborhood of Bayya’ district on Thursday.
Police in Bayya' also found a cache of weapons and bombs that security sources said were intended be used to disrupt the conduct of the provincial elections in Baghdad on Saturday.
On Thursday, Iraqi forces arrested three known members of the Mahdi Army militia in the Risala sector, also in southwest Baghdad on Wednesday, after obtaining information on their whereabouts from another detainee who had been arrested and interrogated days before.
Body found in plastic bag
Residents of Sadr City report that the body of an unknown person was found dumped in the sprawling predominantly Shi'a slum last week. The corpse had been first been wrapped in a large plastic bag, eyewitnesses said. Iraqi Police and Army forces surrounded the site of the dumped body and were seen inspecting.
Members of IraqSlogger's network of Iraqi staff contributed to this report but choose to remain anonymous for security reasons.