Gunmen kill 3 anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighters south of Baghdad, Iraqi officials sayBy Saad Abdul-kadir, AP
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Gunmen kill 3 anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighters in Iraq
BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed three anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighters south of Baghdad.
Police and hospital officials say the attackers opened fire on a checkpoint manned by the local group known as an Awakening Council.
The Sunni movement against al-Qaida in Iraq has been key to a sharp drop in violence in recent years. Insurgents frequently target members as revenge or to discourage others from joining.
Saturday’s attack comes a day after more than 30 people were killed in a wave of bombings and shootings nationwide. Iraqi officials said that in one of them — a car bombing in the northern city of Tuz Khormato — the final toll was 12 dead.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information.