BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Hundreds were detained in an Iraqi police sweep of suspected criminals in a Baghdad neighborhood, police said Tuesday.

The operation Monday involved dozens of Iraqi police officers and was intended to crack down on ``criminals, kidnappers and looters,'' said Hussein Ali Kamal, the deputy interior minister.

Authorities arrested 527 suspects, said Sabah Qassem, an Interior Ministry information officer.

Just after dark, police in pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles spread through the Bab Alsheikh neighborhood and snatched suspects off the streets. Some fought back, setting off dozens of small gunbattles. One suspect died and two were injured while resisting arrest, Kamal said.

Associated Press Television News video showed dozens of detained men sitting on the ground. It was not immediately clear where the men were taken.