DIWANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq: Security forces arrested two al-Qaeda elements while moving among Shiite pilgrims in Diwaniya, a police source said.
"Acting on a tip-off, policemen arrested two al-Qaeda elements while driving a car and moving among Shiite processions in Diwaniya," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
"They confessed to belonging to al-Qaeda in Babel as they work on giving information on areas with high Shiites intensity to attack them," he added.
"Investigation revealed that one of them is al-Qaeda leader and is wanted for 17 terrorist cases in Babel," he said.
Diwaniya lies 180 km south of Baghdad.