Iraqi police: 11 al-Qaida members killed in operation near Baghdad

Iraqi security forces killed 11 alleged members of al-Qaida in Iraq during operations just north of Baghdad, police said Saturday. The first operation took place Saturday near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and killed eight members of al-Qaida. They were killed in a raid in Thar Thar, 40 kilometers northwest of Tikrit, said the police. Police said two other people they identified as al-Qaida members were killed late Friday near the town of Samarra as they planted a roadside bomb. Another man identified by police as Abdul Basit al Nisanian, an al-Qaida area leader, was also killed Saturday near Samarra, 95 kilometers north of Baghdad.