Two anti-Qaida militants killed in north of Baghdad
Two Iraqi militants, known as "Awakening Council" group members, were killed and five people wounded in the city of Samarra in Salahudin province on Sunday, a provincial police source said.
A roadside bomb manually placed near a checkpoint by the local Awakening Council group members went off Sunday morning in Samarra city, killing two group members and wounding three others, a source from Salahudin's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The Awakening Council, or al-Sahwa in Arabic, consists of some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, which turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.
In a separate incident, three policemen were wounded when a roadside bombing struck their police patrol in al-Hwaish area near Samarra, some 110 km north of Baghdad, the source said.
Violence and sporadic high-profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country after violence-torn Iraq held parliamentary elections eight months ago.