Officials: Shootings kill 4, including 2 anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighters, in north-central Iraq

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    FILE - In this file photo taken on Oct. 21, 2013, mourners carry the coffin of a man killed in a bomb attack during a funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq. The United Nations says that 979 Iraqis died in attacks in October, a monthly death toll that is exactly the same as the figure for September. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo, File)


  • BAGHDAD — Authorities in Iraq say shootings have killed four security members, including two anti-al-Qaida militiamen, in north-central Iraq.

    Police officials say the first attack took place early today when gunmen in a speeding car killed two fighters and wounded four at a security checkpoint manned by Sunni Sahwa militiamen in the city of Samarra.

    Also, police say they found the bodies of two police officers killed by gunshots to the head in a town near the northern city of Mosul, a day after they were kidnapped.

    Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to release the information.

    Insurgents frequently attack members of the Sahwa, which joined forces with U.S. troops at the height of the Iraq war to fight al-Qaida.