Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Iraqi Officials: Gunmen Kill Family of Awakening Council Leader
CNN.com, April 20, 2010
"Gunmen stormed a house north of Baghdad, killing the family of a local Awakening Council leader, police officials said Tuesday. The attackers killed the man's wife, their 22-year-old daughter and their three sons, who were beheaded, according to police. The father was not home when the attack took place Monday night in the Salaheddin province town of Tarmiya, about 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of Baghdad, police said. The attack is the latest targeting Awakening Council or Sons of Iraq members and their families. Earlier this month, gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed houses and killed 25 people in a Sunni village near Baghdad. Five of the dead were women. Most of the victims were shot in the head, and all were found handcuffed, police officials in Baghdad said. The attack, involving at least 20 gunmen, took place in a village in Arab Jabour, a predominantly Sunni region about 15 miles southeast of the capital, authorities said. The area was once a hotbed of insurgents until the birth of Awakening Councils or the Sons of Iraq, which were established to reduce violence and provide security for residents in certain areas of the country. Most of the victims in the April 2 attacks were local Sons of Iraq members. [...]"

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