Gunmen in Baghdad have kidnapped Egypt's top envoy to Iraq.
The abduction comes shortly after Cairo announced it would become the first Arab nation to establish full diplomatic ties with Iraq's new government. Officials say Ihab al-Sherif was abducted Saturday near his home and shoved into the trunk of a car.
Last year, another Egyptian diplomat was kidnapped and held hostage for several days before being freed.
Meanwhile, Iraqi officials say they are looking into allegations that some of Iraq's security forces have carried out unlawful arrests and tortured insurgent suspects. They spoke after Britain's Observer newspaper reported it has photos of suspected militants who were beaten by police.
Also Sunday, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales made a surprise one-day trip to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari and American soldiers.