FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

Following are security developments in Iraq at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday.AMARA – Gunmen in two cars kidnapped a senior official of Iraq’s electricity ministry after he left work in Amara, 365 km (230 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said. The official was identified as Mutar Thamer, director of electricity distribution for Iraq’s southern provinces.

MUQDADIYA – The U.S. military said an Iraqi civilian was killed by U.S. forces in Muqdadiya, 90 km (55 miles) north of Baghdad. It said a U.S. patrol took “security measures” to stop the man, who was wearing a bulky jacket, from approaching them. A search of his body found no weapons.

BAGHDAD – Police found two bodies with gunshot wounds in different parts of Baghdad in the past 24 hours, police said.

MOSUL – Three bodies, shot in the head and chest, were found in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, in the past 24 hours, police said.

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