19 killed, 29 kidnapped in Baghdad

The suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck near an Iraqi observation post outside the northern town of Mosul, killing four soldiers and wounding six, said an army officer, declining to give his name, the AP reports.

In a dramatic incident, gunmen in military uniforms drove to the main shopping area of Karrada in 15 four-wheeled vehicles Monday and split into two groups, one going into a mobile phone shop and the other into the office next door of the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce, said police Lt. Thair Mahmoud.

They kidnapped 15 staff and customers from the shop and 11 from the trade chamber, he said. All were believed to be Iraqis. No other details were available, the AP reports.

In another incident, gunmen, dressed in commando uniforms, blocked a car carrying a millionaire businessman and his two sons in southeastern Baghdad, and kidnapped the three, police Lt. Bilal Ali Majeed said.