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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 May, 2005, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
Saddam nephew seized near Tikrit
Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti
Sabawi Ibrahim was captured near the Syrian border in February
A nephew of Saddam Hussein suspected of helping the Iraqi insurgency has been arrested near the ousted leader's hometown, the Iraqi government says.

Ayman Sabawi Ibrahim was arrested at the beginning of May during a raid north of Tikrit, the government said.

He and his brothers have been active in the anti-US insurgency by "providing financial support, weapons and explosives," it said in a statement.

Ayman's father, Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti, was captured in February.

Mr Tikriti is the half-brother of Saddam Hussein on his mother's side.

Formerly the head of the intelligence service, he was number 36 on a US list of the 55 most-wanted members of the ousted regime.

Another of his sons was seized on 10 April.


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