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Four anti-Qaida fighters killed in N Iraq
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08:26, February 03, 2008

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Four fighters affiliated to Awakening Council groups, who fight al-Qaida militants in Iraq, were killed and nine others injured in a bomb attack in Salahudin province on Saturday, a source from U.S. and Iraqi liaison office said.

The attack occurred in the morning when a roadside bomb detonated near the fighters' vehicle while patrolling in Tal-Muhammad village in the al-Shirqat town, 70 km north of the capital city of Tikrit, the source from the Joint Coordination Center in the province, told Xinhua.

The Iraqi security forces immediately cordoned off the scene and launched a search operation, seeking for the attackers, who believed to be militants of the al-Qaida in Iraq network, the source said.

The Awakening Councils fighters are armed groups of local neighborhoods, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who have turned their rifles toward the al-Qaida network after the latter adopted a hardline Islam and exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

Source: Xinhua

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