20 Army Recruits Kidnapped In Iraq

Determined Gunmen

BAGHDAD (CNN) — In a brazen afternoon ambush, gunmen snatched 20 young New Iraqi Army recruits on Friday, Iraqi police told CNN.

The abducted men, mostly Sunnis from Mosul, were traveling in a bus from Mosul to Baghdad to finish their paperwork, medical tests and security checks, according to police.

After the bus stopped for lunch on a highway near Baiji, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Baghdad, at least six SUVs carrying more than 15 gunmen surrounded the bus and forced the driver to head for an unknown location, police said.

Iraqi security forces were searching nearby areas for the missing men.