“A group of Iraqi army officers have staged a coup in Iraq and overthrown the monarchy.
“Baghdad Radio announced the Army has liberated the Iraqi people from domination by a corrupt group put in power by ‘imperialism’.
“From now on Iraq would be a republic that would ‘maintain ties with other Arab countries’.
“The ambassador and his wife were held at the embassy until late this afternoon. They are now in a Baghdad hotel.
“Unconfirmed reports suggest King Faisal has been killed.”
The 1958 Coup in Iraq sparked jitters in Middle East.