Gunmen kill Iraqi policeman with 4 family members

July 8, 2013 00:03


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HILLA, Iraq - Unidentified gunmen killed a police officer along with four members of his family inside their home in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla late on Sunday, police and medics said.

The attackers, who were driving a private vehicle, broke into the officer's house in the evening, holding him and his mother, wife and two children in one room before shooting them dead, a military source said.

Military personnel, police and their families are prime targets for Sunni insurgent groups including al-Qaida's Iraqi wing, the Islamic State of Iraq, which see them as tools to support the Shi'ite-led government in its war against them.

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