Sahwa militiamen in the northern city of Samarra on August 21, 2010
Armed Sahwa or "Awakening" militiamen, former Sunni rebels who have turned against Al-Qaeda are seen sitting on their vehicles in the northern city of Samarra on August 21, 2010. Gunmen in military uniforms attacked the house of an Iraqi anti-Qaeda militia leader north of Baghdad on Friday, killing him and three of his sons, a police officer and a doctor said. © Mahmud Saleh - AFP/File
Sahwa militiamen in the northern city of Samarra on August 21, 2010
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Last updated: March 15, 2013

Gunmen kill four Iraqi anti-Qaeda militiamen

Gunmen in military uniforms attacked the house of an Iraqi anti-Qaeda militia leader north of Baghdad on Friday, killing him and three of his sons, a police officer and a doctor said.

The gunmen bound their hands and killed Khalil al-Ajili and one of his sons in the house near Baquba, a police lieutenant colonel said, adding the other two tried to escape but were killed in a nearby field.

A doctor from Baquba General Hospital confirmed the toll.

With the latest attack, 17 members of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia forces have been killed in violence this month.

The Sahwa are made up of Sunni Arab tribesmen who joined forces with the US military against Al-Qaeda from late 2006, helping turn the tide against the insurgency.

The Iraqi government announced at the end of January that about 41,000 Sahwa fighters are to receive 500,000 Iraqi dinars ($415) a month, up from 300,000 dinars ($250).

An increase in wages for the Sahwa, as well as their incorporation into the security forces and civil service, has long been a demand of Iraq's Sunni community.

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