Police: Gunmen kill five Iraq Sunni militia

By REUTERS
December 31, 2011 09:46

 
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BAGHDAD - Gunmen carrying silenced weapons attacked a checkpoint manned by government-backed Sunni militiamen and killed all five of them in the restive Iraqi province of Diyala, security officials said on Saturday.

The attack occurred shortly after 2 a.m. (2300 GMT) in the town of Khan Bani Saad, about 30 km (20 miles) northeast of Baghdad, the head of the local security committee and police said.

"An attack of this size, in which the five killed makes up the total (number of) staff at the checkpoint, indicates that al Qaida sleeper cell groups are now re-activating their movements," said Saad Abdullah, head of the security committee in Khan Bani Saad.

"The government should move quickly to crack down on these al Qaida cells."

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