Anti-Qaeda fighters scan an area at the entrance of a village in Diyala province
Anti-Qaeda fighters scan an area at the entrance of a village on the southern outskirts of the Diyala provincial capital Baquba, 2008. Unknown gunmen shot dead a member of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia forces along with his wife and son north of Baghdad in Iraq's Diyala province. © null - AFP/File
Anti-Qaeda fighters scan an area at the entrance of a village in Diyala province
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Last updated: March 31, 2012

Iraq anti-Qaeda fighter killed with wife and son

Unknown gunmen shot dead a member of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia forces along with his wife and son on Saturday north of Baghdad in Iraq's Diyala province, a security official said.

"Unknown gunmen broke into the house of Atia Khalil, a member of the Sahwa (Awakening) forces in Al-Sadat area, and opened fire on him," killing him, said the official in the Diyala Operations Command.

"The gunmen, who were carrying silenced weapons, also killed his wife, and his son," the official said.

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

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