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Iraqi interior ministry arrest 16 bodyguards of VP Al-Hashimi

BAGHDAD, Jan 30 (KUNA) -- Iraqi interior ministry said Monday it arrested 16 bodyguards of vice-president Tareq Al-Hashimi.
The ministry said in a statement it has arrested the bodyguards last night on charges with using guns and rifles with silencers to kill ministry officers and judges.
The files of the arrestees will be added to Al-Hashimi's who is facing terrorism-related charges, it added.
Al-Hashimi has been residing in Iraq's Kurdistan province since a judicial committee issued an arrest warrant for him. Three of his bodyguards were arrested and confessed they executed bombings and assassination operations upon the vice-president's orders. (end) mhg.bs KUNA 301953 Jan 12NNNN