Gunmen wound 5 security members in west Iraq

21:54, December 01, 2009      

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Gunmen attacked several security checkpoints in a town in Iraq's western province of Anbaron Tuesday, wounding five security members, a local police source said.

The attacks targeted checkpoints manned by Iraqi police and paramilitary members of the Awakening Council groups in the town of Garma near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attacks resulted in the wounding of two policemen and three paramilitary members, the source said.

Authorities in Garma imposed curfew and blocked the entrances of the town as dozens of security forces deployed in the main streets and convoys of police and Iraqi Army trucks patrolled the highway and the areas around the town for fear of further attacks, the source added.

Insurgent attacks increased recently in the once volatile province of Anbar, which has been relatively calm for more than two years after Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turned to cooperate with the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces against al-Qaida in Iraq network. 

Source: Xinhua
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