Gunmen kills five family members in Iraq

Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 16:44

Baghdad: Gunmen using silencers killed a
town mayor`s bodyguard and four of his women relatives in a
house north of the Iraqi capital, security officials said
on Sunday.

"Gunmen attacked the house of a bodyguard of the mayor of
Tarmiyah," said police First Lieutenant Uday Sarhan. "They
attacked the house at around 11:30 pm (2030 GMT) and killed
five people."

Sarhan said the victims were Adnan Hezbar and four women
from his family, but did not give further details. After
carrying out the shootings, the attackers destroyed the house
with explosives.

Hezbar was a bodyguard for Jassim Mohammed Saleh, mayor
of Tarmiyah, a town 45 kilometres north of Baghdad that was
once a stronghold of Sunni insurgents and al-Qaeda.

Violence in Iraq has declined since its peak in 2006 and
2007. According to official figures, 150 people were killed in
February.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 16:38

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