Islamists claim Iraq attack that killed at least 27

March 16, 2012 12:13


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DUBAI - An Iraqi Islamist group linked to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for attacks in western Iraq on Monday that killed dozens of policemen, a statement posted on Islamist websites said late on Thursday.

Gunmen disguised as police raided checkpoints and homes in and around the western Iraqi city of Haditha, killing at least 27 members of the security forces.

Anbar was once the country's most violent province and the attacks raise concern that Iraq's branch of al-Qaida may be regaining a foothold there after the withdrawal of US troops last December.

"On the night (of the attack), ninety fighters who pledged to die set out, many of them wearing explosive belts, to the city of Haditha in four groups," the statement claiming to be from Islamic State of Iraq said.

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