5 family members of paramilitary group leader slaughtered in Iraq

19:21, April 20, 2010      

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Five family members of local leader of Awakening Council group were killed, among them three children were beheaded, at their home in north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a local police source said.

"Four to five gunmen at about 4:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) stormed the house of a paramilitary group leader in the town of Tarmiyah, some 20 km north of Baghdad, killing his wife, his 22-year-old daughter and three boys," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attackers then beheaded the three boys before they fled the scene, the source said.

The leader of the paramilitary group, whose group is fighting Sunni extremist militants of al-Qaida, was on duty at a checkpoint at the time of the attack, the source added.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the area and conducted search operation in many houses near the scene, looking for the attackers and carrying out investigation, he said.

Earlier in the month, gunmen in army uniforms killed 25 people from three families of government-backed Awakening Council paramilitary groups in the village of Sufiya in Rasheed district in southern Baghdad.

The Awakening Council group consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

Source: Xinhua


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