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Iraq violence kills six, wounds two Norwegians

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Six people were killed Monday, including a Christian construction worker who was kidnapped over the weekend. His body was found mutilated in the northern city of Kirkuk, Agence France-Presse reports.

By Salam Faraj

5/16/2011 Iraq (AFP) – A spate of attacks in Iraq on Monday killed six people including a Christian whose body was mutilated while two Norwegians hurt in a Baghdad bomb blast were among at least 16 injured, officials said.

The Christian construction worker’s mutilated corpse was found in the ethnically mixed northern oil hub of Kirkuk after he was kidnapped at the weekend. A young boy was also among the dead.

And in Kirkuk, insurgents killed and mutilated the Christian construction worker who was kidnapped at the weekend, police and medical officials said.

Ashur Issa Yaqub, a 29-year-old Chaldean Christian, had been snatched on Saturday, with his kidnappers demanding a $100,000 ransom.

Yaqub was found with his head nearly completely cut off, according to provincial police chief Major General Jamal Taher Bakr and Kirkuk province health chief Sadiq Omar Rasul.

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