Shi'ite militia hands over suspected body of former top Saddam aide

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 20, 2015 10:33 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The body of a man believed to be Ezzat al-Douri, top aide to former President Saddam Hussein, was handed over to the Iraqi government by a Shi'ite militia on Monday, live video from the scene showed.

The video showed a casket containing the remains of Douri being transferred from one van into another.

After the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Douri was ranked sixth on the U.S. military's list of 55 most wanted Iraqis and a $10 million reward was offered for his capture. Iraqi and U.S. officials accused him of organizing and leading the insurgency that swept the country in 2005-07.

He was reported killed by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias during fighting last week.

(Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Crispian Balmer)