Wednesday, October 08, 2003

US troops backed by armoured vehicles on Tuesday sealed off a Baghdad neighbourhood, following what police said was a tipoff that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was spotted in the area.

An Iraqi policeman said one person claimed to have seen the fugitive ex-leader in a car in the area.

An employee at the Cedar Hotel, within the area sealed off with barbed wire and several dozen armored military vehicles, said US troops asked him whether he had seen Saddam.

A Turkish guest at the hotel, Gulin Pasturk, said a US soldier deployed outside had told her Tuesday evening "Saddam was seen here 10 minutes ago."

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