SUSPICIOUS Iraqi troops ordered a "bride" and "groom" out of their car at a checkpoint on a highway north of Baghdad only to find they were wanted militants in disguise, the defence ministry said.
Two other men travelling with the all-male “bridal couple” were also found to be wanted militants, the ministry said in a statement.
It said the incident occurred near Taji, about 40km from Baghdad, but did not indicate when.
“Iraqi soldiers set up a checkpoint near Taji and during their duty they stopped a wedding procession,” the statement said.
“The soldiers became suspicious because the procession did not follow orders to stop. The occupants of the car were told to step out of the car and were searched. Four people in the procession were found to be wanted terrorists and arrested.”
The defence ministry released pictures of the “bridal couple”.
“She” was identified as Haider Mu'alla, looking more like an embarrassed bride than a blushing one, dressed in a white ill-fitting wedding dress.
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