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MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) – A suspected top official of Al-Qaeda’s network in Iraq was arrested in an army raid on his hideout Tuesday, a military officer said.

Ibrahim Muhammed Ahmed al-Juburi, the so-called “finance minister” for the Islamic State of Iraq, was seized with a large quantity of weapons and a half-ton (1,000 pounds) of TNT in northern Iraq, the officer said on condition of anonymity.

“We arrested the finance minister of the Islamic State of Iraq. His name is Ibrahim Muhammed Ahmed al-Juburi, known as Ibrahim al-Abrash,” he told AFP.

Iraqi army forces raided a home Tuesday in the northern city of Mosul where Juburi had been hiding, the officer said. He added that Juburi was Iraqi.

Although violence has fallen in Iraq since its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks remain common, with the Islamic State of Iraq regularly claiming to have carried out deadly suicide attacks.

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