2 Iraqi soldiers killed by gunmen

10:05, July 12, 2011      

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Two Iraqi soldiers were killed Monday when unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint of the Iraqi army in the Mishraq neighborhood in eastern Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, said the police.

A police officer who rejected to be named told Xinhua that the gunmen fled the scene and investigations are underway.

In Anbar province in west of Baghdad, the police forces carried out a major security crackdown Monday, resulting in the arrest of an armed group of eight suspects, which allegedly had links with the al-Qaida.

A police source insisting on anonymity said five car bombs, three explosive belts and six pistols with silencers were seized during the operations, indicating that the group was involved in the assassinations of a number of military and police officers and religious scholars.

The war-battered country has seen an increase of violence recently while the leaders are weighing the possibilities to let some U.S. troops stay after Dec. 31, the scheduled deadline for the U.S. troops' withdrawal.

Source: Xinhua
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