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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Eight people were killed and at least two were injured Sunday when a bomb exploded inside a municipal building in northern Iraq, multinational forces officials said.

The blast, an attack by suspected insurgents, happened in Hamam al-Alil, a town about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Mosul. The building housed different government departments.

The injured were taken to a hospital, military officials said. Within the past week, suspected insurgents have killed 10 Iraqis and injured at least 22.

Also Sunday, Iraqi government officials said Saddam Hussein's half-brother and his former personal adviser has been captured.

Sab'awi Ibrahim al-Hasan al-Tikriti was No. 36 on the U.S. military's 55 most-wanted Iraqis list, and one of only 12 people on the list who remained free.

There is evidence that al-Hasan was financing insurgents in the post-Saddam era, an Iraqi intelligence official told CNN. (Full story)

Details of al-Hasan's capture were not immediately available.

Meanwhile, 11 people, including four women, a police officer and two government workers, have been kidnapped within the past several days on a road between two towns south of Baghdad, Iraqi police said Sunday.

The kidnapped people were apparently abducted on a road between Latifiya and Mahmoudiya, as they were returning to Karbala, according to a source from Baghdad police.

Since the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq began, Iraqis and foreigners have been kidnapped and killed in the two towns while traveling to and from the cities south of Baghdad.

The kidnappings announced Sunday are believed to be the first since the Iraqi elections.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops continued their search for suspected insurgents Saturday in towns along the Euphrates River in Anbar province.

A CNN correspondent embedded with U.S. Marines said forces are trying to surround insurgents who have found sanctuary in cities like Ramadi and Falluja, and smaller towns like Haditha.

"The main focus of the operations is to isolate these towns," senior Baghdad correspondent Jane Arraf said Saturday. "We went into Haditha this morning where tanks had rolled in overnight. They met very little resistance. But what they're trying to do is isolate the towns, surround them, so insurgents have nowhere to go."

Earlier in the week, Iraqi and U.S. forces launched Operation River Blitz, which has resulted in the detention of more than 100 suspected insurgents and the capture of piles of weapons and ammunition in the towns of Anbar, the military said. A huge swath of land that takes up nearly one-third of the country, Anbar is dotted with Sunni towns along the Euphrates River west of Baghdad to the Syrian border.

Journalist mourned

Raiedah Mohammed Wazan, a 40-year-old television anchorwoman in Ninevah province, was found shot to death Friday in the al-Wahda neighborhood in eastern Mosul, her husband said.

Wazan was buried Friday, and family members kept a mourning service on Saturday private for fear of attacks.

Wazan was abducted a week ago by unknown gunmen. She was found shot in the forehead and chest.

Other developments

  • Seven Iraqis were wounded Sunday when a bomb exploded inside a town building in Hamam al-Alil, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Mosul, Iraqi police said. The building houses different government departments.
  • Two Iraqis were killed and others were wounded Saturday when a suicide bomber attempted to attack a military tank. The tank suffered only minimal damage, Task Force Baghdad officials said, and there were no military casualties in the blast about 9 a.m.
  • CNN's Jane Arraf, Ingrid Formanek, Kianne Sadeq and Zoran Stevanovic contributed to this report.

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