Iraq has announced the arrest of a senior aide to al-Qaida-linked terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi connected to dozens of suicide attacks in Baghdad that killed hundreds of people.
Iraqi authorities say the suspect, Sami Mohammad Sa'id al-Jaaf known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, admitted to being involved in 75-percent of the car bombings in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion. Officials say he was behind the 2003 bombing of United Nations headquarters there.
The Iraqi government says al-Kurdi was arrested January 15th.
It announced the arrest Monday, hours after al-Zarqawi's group carried out a suicide car bombing near the Baghdad offices of interim Prime Minister Ilyad Allawi's political party. Ten people were wounded.
That bombing was the latest in almost daily attacks in the run-up to Sunday's election. European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana warned of political instability if Iraq's Sunni Muslims carry out their vow to boycott the vote.