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Highway bandits kidnap 20 army recruits in Iraq

From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 2:06 PM EST, Fri November 30, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kidnappers surround bus in SUVs, abduct 20 New Iraqi Army recruits
  • The kidnapped men are mostly Sunnis from Mosul, heading to Baghdad for administrative work
  • Iraqi security forces are looking for the abducted men

Baghdad (CNN) -- In a brazen afternoon ambush, gunmen snatched 20 young New Iraqi Army recruits on Friday, Iraqi police told CNN.

The abducted men, mostly Sunnis from Mosul, were traveling in a bus from Mosul to Baghdad to finish their paperwork, medical tests and security checks, according to police.

After the bus stopped for lunch on a highway near Baiji, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Baghdad, at least six SUVs carrying more than 15 gunmen surrounded the bus and forced the driver to head for an unknown location, police said.

Iraqi security forces were searching nearby areas for the missing men.

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