Gunmen kill Sunni militias that helped U.S. forces

Iraqi officials say gunmen wearing military uniforms have stormed three houses in a Sunni village near Baghdad, killing at least 24 people.

Police say the victims, including five women, were handcuffed before being shot in the head late Friday in the Arab Jabour area, south of the capital.  At least seven others with their hands bound were found alive after the killings.

Interior Ministry officials put the death toll at 25, while Baghdad’s security spokesman, Major-General Qassim al-Moussawi, said two dozen people were killed.

Iraqi officials cordoned off the area and detained at least 25 people in connection with the murders.

Officials say many of the dead were members of the Awakening movement, government-backed Sunni militias that helped U.S. and Iraqi forces fight al-Qaeda in 2006 and 2007.  The former Sunni insurgents are credited with helping drastically reduce violence in Iraq.

Source: Voice of America

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