Oct 21 2013, 10:34am CDT | by IANS
The deadliest attack occurred Monday morning in Iraq's western province of Anbar when two suicide bombers blew up their explosive vests at the police command of the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of the Iraq's capital Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The clashes forced the attackers to go to a nearby building of the electricity department in the central city and take four employees hostage, the source added.
After a few hours of clashes, the Iraqi security forces took control of the building and freed the four after killing two gunmen and arresting three others, he said.
In a separate incident, a member of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group was shot dead by a sniper while the group member was manning a checkpoint on a main road in western city of Samarra, some 120 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.
Elsewhere, a soldier was critically wounded by a sniper shot at a checkpoint on a highway in west of Salahudin's provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.
In addition, gunmen planted four bombs at the house of a leader of a Sahwa group in the town of Siniyah, some 200 km north of Baghdad, and blew them up, wounding five family members, including two women and a child, and destroying part of the house, the source said.
The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-US Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the Al Qaeda network after Sahwa's leaders became dismayed by Al Qaeda's brutality and religious zealotry in the country.
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