A damaged car is removed from the site of a car bomb attack against the convoy of Riyadh al-Adhadh, the chief of the provincial council, on September 15, 2013 in Baghdad
A damaged car is removed from the site of a car bomb attack against the convoy of Riyadh al-Adhadh, the chief of the provincial council, on September 15, 2013 in Baghdad © Sabah Arar - AFP/File
A damaged car is removed from the site of a car bomb attack against the convoy of Riyadh al-Adhadh, the chief of the provincial council, on September 15, 2013 in Baghdad
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Last updated: July 26, 2014

Top Sunni official held in Baghdad

Armed men in military uniform raided the home of a senior Baghdad Sunni politician overnight and whisked him and several of his guards away, police said Saturday.

"Armed men came last night and detained the head of Baghdad provincial council Riyadh al-Adhadh and four of his guards from his house in Adhamiyah," a police colonel told AFP.

An official in the council said "Adhadh and several of his guards were abducted from his house very late at night" and taken to an unknown location.

It was not immediately clear whether the Sunni politician had been officially arrested by the authorities but the armed men who took him came in 10 large SUVs and wore military uniforms.

Adhadh, a doctor by training, is a member of Mutahidoon, the main Sunni Arab bloc in parliament. He spent most of 2012 in prison on charges of funding insurgent groups.

He survived a bomb attack on his convoy that killed one of his bodyguards in September 2013.

The Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has repeatedly accused the country's top Sunni politicians of links with armed insurgent groups.

Months of mounting sectarian tension followed by a jihadist onslaught that has plunged Iraq into its worst crisis in years and threatened to redraw its borders have further poisoned difficult relations between Sunni and religious Shiite politicians.

On a visit to the Iraqi capital Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the country urgently needed a government "in which all Iraqis, regardless of background, feel represented."

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