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  US troops seize 'Saddam bodyguard'
Updated 29 July 2003, 07.54
A US soldier inspects items seized in a raid in which a man suspected of being Saddam's bodyguard was seized
A man thought to be one of Saddam Hussein's closest bodyguards has been seized by US troops in Iraq.

The man was among several people captured in a dawn raid in Saddam's home town of Tikrit, north of the country's capital, Baghdad.

US troops guarding the people captured in the raid
US troops guarding the people captured in the raid

US troops have stepped up the hunt for Saddam and his supporters since the former leader's sons Uday and Qusay were killed in a raid last week.

Up to five Iraqis died in a separate raid on Sunday.

But US officials said no gunshots were fired in this latest raid.

Grenade attack

It came after another day of conflict in other parts of Iraq.

One US soldier died and three others were injured in a grenade attack in Baghdad.

One top US army official said Iraq continues to be a "war zone" but he added that troops will stay in the country "until the job is done".

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