Suicide bomber kills 5 Sunni guards: Iraqi police

Iraqi police said that a suicide bomber killed five members of a govt-backed Sunni militia that helped US forces fight al Qaeda.

Updated: Jul 12, 2011, 22:21 PM IST

Baghdad: Iraqi police said that a suicide bomber
killed five members of a government-backed Sunni militia
that helped US forces fight al Qaeda.

Two policemen say the bomber drove an
explosives-packed car into a security checkpoint just outside
the capital Baghdad in the western suburb of Abu Ghraib.

The checkpoint was guarded by militiamen belonging to
Sahwa, or Awakening Councils. The group once fought Americans
but later joined US and Iraqi soldiers in one of the turning
points of the war.

Sunni insurgents have since frequently targeted the
group. A medic at Abu Ghraib General Hospital says eight other
people were wounded in today`s bombing.

All spoke on condition of anonymity because they are
not authorised to release the information.

PTI