Revenge for betraying Saddam's sons

Mosul - Gunmen killed the brother of a man widely regarded as having revealed the location of Saddam Hussein's sons to American troops in an attack on his car on Saturday, police said.

Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay were killed in July 2003 when soldiers stormed a villa in Mosul belonging to Nawaf al-Zeidan, who is distantly related to Saddam. Locals said Zeidan had tipped off United States forces that Saddam's sons were staying at there.

Zeidan's brother, Salaah al-Zeidan, was killed and three of his male relatives travelling in the same vehicle were wounded, including an eight-year-old boy, during the attack on Saturday.

"There was an attack on Saalah Zeidan's car, he was killed," said a police officer in Mosul, who declined to be named.

It was not clear whether the killing in the city's northern al-Hadbaa neighbourhood was a targeted assassination.

The US military confirmed it had been tipped off about the whereabouts of Uday and Qusay, and said the informant had been paid a $30-million reward and was resettled in a Western country. It never confirmed whether Zeidan was the informant.

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