Baghdad: Officials said gunmen wearing police
uniforms have kidnapped and killed five Iraqi policemen in a
former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad.
Anbar provincial councilman Sheik Efan Saadoun said the
five officers were ambushed as they were guarding the main
highway that links Iraq with neighboring Syria and Jordan.
Saadoun said the attackers were insurgents disguised as police
and driving a stolen police vehicle.
A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity
because he was not authorised to release the information, said
the attack occurred around 5:00 am.
The Sunni-dominated Anbar province was once a capital for
Iraq`s insurgency, but a US-backed tribal revolt against
al-Qaida in Iraq has led to a sharp drop in violence in the