BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Insurgents abducted the local
director of CARE International from her car in Baghdad yesterday,
targeting a charity worker who has championed ordinary Iraqis for
decades.

In new violence, mortar attacks killed an American contractor
and at least four Iraqi National Guard members and wounded 80
Iraqis, the U.S. military said.

Margaret Hassan was kidnapped while being driven to work about
7:30 a.m. in a western neighborhood of the capital, a CARE employee
who spoke on condition of anonymity said. The employee said CARE
did not employ armed guards.

Hours later, Al-Jazeera television aired a brief video of Hassan
in captivity. She sat on a couch in a room, speaking and no gunmen
were visible in the footage. Al-Jazeera said an “armed Iraqi
group” claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but did not
say whether any demands were made.

South of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces and U.S. Marines carried
out raids this week that arrested nearly 130 suspected insurgents,
the U.S. military said yesterday. The sweep included areas where
British media say British forces might be redeployed at the request
of the U.S. command to free up American forces to move against
insurgent strongholds.

The raids took place Sunday and Monday in and around the cities
of Iskandariyah, Yusufiyah and Latifiyah. Four of those detained
Monday were suspected in an attack on the joint forces earlier the
same day, the military said.

Three car bombs exploded in the northern city of Mosul
yesterday, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding three, the U.S.
military said. One blast targeted a convoy belonging to the
governor of Ninevah, though he was not in the convoy, she said.

Just north of the capital, a barrage of six mortars hit the
headquarters of the Iraqi National Guard early yesterday just as
troops were lining up in formation, said international officials
and National Guard officers under condition of anonymity.

Four guardsmen were killed and 80 wounded, the U.S. military
said, citing the Iraqi Defense Ministry. Iraqi officers on the
scene said five Guardsmen had been killed and more than 100
injured, some severely.

A separate mortar and rocket attack on a U.S. military base in
central Baghdad yesterday killed an American working for KBR, a
subsidiary of the Houston-based Halliburton’s engineering and
construction subsidiary, said Megan Mason, spokeswoman for the
company in Baghdad.

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