Unit reporting to Iraqi PM arrests dozens of officials in Iraq's Interior Ministry ahead of January’s elections.
BAGHDAD - Iraq has arrested almost 40 policemen accused of plotting a coup against the Shiite-led government and bringing Saddam Hussein's old party back into power, a senior interior ministry official said on Thursday.
"Thirty traffic policemen and seven police charged with security at the interior ministry have been detained for an attempted coup," the official said on condition of anonymity.
He denied initial information that the ministry's intelligence chief General Ahmad Abul Raghif was among those held, saying that on the contrary, it was his service which carried out the arrests.
The interior ministry, meanwhile, said members of other security-linked ministries were among those arrested.
Earlier, a security official had announced the arrest of 50 in
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