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U.S. Announces Capture of al-Qaida Suspects

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The U.S. military says coalition forces have captured two high-ranking al-Qaida militants, including one suspected in the kidnapping and murder of Egypt's ambassador to Iraq earlier this month.

A statement released Thursday says the suspects -- an alleged terror cell leader widely known as Abu Abdul Aziz, and another militant, Abu Seba -- were captured last week in Baghdad and Ramadi.

Authorities say Abu Seba is suspected in the death of Egyptian Ambassador Ihab al-Sherif, and for the failed attacks on diplomats from Pakistan and Bahrain. Al-Qaida in Iraq said the Egyptian envoy was killed July 6.

Meanwhile two suicide bombers in Baghdad blew themselves up outside the city's heavily-fortified main government compound. One civilian was reported killed, while several police officers and civilians were wounded. A third suspect was captured.

To the north, authorities say three police were killed in an attack near the oil city of Kirkuk.

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