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Twin bombs kill six militiamen in Iraq

(Xinhua)

12:13, October 03, 2011

Six Sunni militiamen were killed in two back-to-back roadside bombs near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad late on Sunday, a local police source said.

Two members of the Sunni paramilitary group "the Awakening Council" were killed when their car detonated a roadside bomb in al-Nibaie area, some 50 km north of Baghdad.

A second roadside bomb exploded minutes later when another vehicle carrying militiamen rushed to the scene and killed four other people, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The Awakening Council is a consortium of Sunni militia, who once worked with al-Qaida in the aftermath of 2003 Iraq war against American occupation, and then turned their rifles to al- Qaida after the latter exercised indiscriminate killing against both Shi'ite and Sunni neighborhoods.

Violence in Iraq has dropped sharply since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was plunged into sectarian bloodshed, but deadly attacks still occur almost on a daily basis.

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