Gunmen kill former paramilitary group fighter, 5 family members in west Iraq

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Unidentified gunmen killed a former member of the Awakening Council group and five of his family members on Thursday near the city of Fallujah in Iraq's western Anbar province, a provincial police source said.

The attackers stormed the house of Qader Hamid Saud in al- Fehielat village outside the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, killing Saud, his wife, two of his sons and two of his daughters, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The gunmen apparently traded fire with Saud's family before they managed to enter the house and kill the victims, the source said.

There have been frequent attacks against the government-backed Awakening Council paramilitary group which is mainly made up of armed groups, including some powerful former 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.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb struck a U.S. military convoy in the area of Taji, some 20 km north of Baghdad, the source added without giving further details as the U.S. troops sealed off the scene.

The U.S. military has no immediate comment on the incident.

Sporadic attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities more than three months after the country held its landmark parliamentary election which is widely expected to shape the political landscape of the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua


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