An American described as a security contractor arrested by police in a northern Iraqi town was carrying weapons in his car, a provincial official said.
Abdullah Jebara, the Deputy Governor of Salahaddin province, told Reuters the man was arrested in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Monday. He was removed from the provincial government building by U.S. forces on Tuesday, Jebara said.
The Joint Coordination Center between the U.S. and Iraqi military in Tikrit said the man, whom it described as a security contractor working for a private company, possessed explosives which were found in his car. It said he was arrested on Tuesday.
The man, driving a BMW, was stopped by police for violating a daytime curfew in Tikrit, a security source said. American security personnel rarely travel alone.
A spokesman for the major crimes unit in Tikrit said the man was first brought to their headquarters but they refused to take him into custody.
The arresting police were told to take the man to the provincial council building, the spokesman said, where he was taken by American forces.
U.S. officials had no immediate comment.
This sort of incident in Iraq – and there are a growing number of them – is getting hardly any coverage in the mainstream media.
In September last year Britons dressed in Arab civilian garb were caught in a car packed with explosives in Basra. The men were later identified as members of a British Special Forces unit.
The situation escalated still further into open conflict when Iraqi police detained the men at Basra police headquarters after they shot an Iraqi policeman dead. Thereafter British Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) and troops freed the men by force.
Last week two Britons in Arab civilian clothes burned to death in their car, after a gun battle with Iraqi police in Basra.
Now this. In essence US/UK Coalition forces are still trying to provoke a civil war in Iraq. But having had members of the official armed forces caught planting bombs and trying to foment internal conflict, they are now using private security contractors to do their dirty work.