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Iraq police, US deny teachers beheaded at school

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BAGHDAD, Apr 19 (Reuters) Iraqi police and the US military today said they had no evidence to back a government report that gunmen beheaded two teachers in front of their students at Baghdad primary schools.

Iraq's Ministry of State for National Security said today two groups of gunmen entered two primary schools in Baghdad and beheaded two teachers in front of their students.

''Two terrorist groups beheaded two teachers in front of their students in the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi primary schools in Shaab district in Baghdad,'' a ministry statement said.

An official in the ministry's press office also confirmed the report.

But the US military cast doubt on it.

''There is no evidence that this happened. The Interior Ministry dispatched Iraqi police to the schools and talked to the guards,'' said U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Johnson.

Police Major Kassim Ahmed told a Reuters reporter who went to the scene his unit was acting on a false tip: ''This is not true. It is made up.'' Residents of the area in Baghdad's Shaab district also said they were not aware of any such attacks.

REUTERS KD RN2204

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