December 15, 1996 in Nation/World

Opposition: Saddam’s Son Has Surgery

Compiled From Wire Services

Saddam Hussein’s son has been operated on four times in two days and is in serious condition following an assassination attempt in Baghdad, an Iraqi opposition group said Saturday.

Odai Hussein was wounded in the right side of the neck when gunmen opened fire with heavy machine guns and hurled grenades at his armored car Thursday, the Iraqi National Accord, an Amman-based opposition group, said.

Two groups fighting to overthrow Saddam reportedly have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iraq’s official media remained silent on Odai’s condition and details of the attack, and the reports from opposition figures could not be independently confirmed.

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