Iraq PM fires local security officials over attack

March 6, 2012 17:55


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FALLUJAH - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fired two senior security officials in the western Anbar province after militants disguised as police killed at least 27 members of the security forces on Monday, officials said.

The brazen attack in Anbar, once the country's most violent province, raised concern that Iraq's branch of al-Qaida may regain a foothold there after US troops withdrew last December.

Militants in the uniforms and vehicles of special police units sped from checkpoint to checkpoint in and around the town of Haditha in the early hours of Monday, executing police who were standing guard. Two officers were dragged out of their homes and killed.

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