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Al-Qaeda Claims Iraq Police Killing


Iraqi police inspect the site of militant attack in the town of Haditha on March 5.

Iraqi police inspect the site of militant attack in the town of Haditha on March 5.

An Iraqi Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for attacks earlier this month that killed at least 25 policemen in the western Iraqi city of Haditha.

The Islamic State of Iraq said in a statement posted on a militant website late on March 15 that its fighters easily seized control of Haditha in the early morning raid on March 5.

The statement said two Al-Qaeda fighters were killed, and none were captured during the raid in the Sunni-dominated area.

Iraqi security forces said last week four militants were killed in the raid, and 10 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

With AP and Reuters reporting
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