Suicide bomber kills anti-ISIL leader in Iraq's Anbar province: source

Reuters News
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Posted: Jun 03, 2014 5:54 PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - One of the leaders of Iraq's pro-government Sunni tribal fighters was killed late Tuesday by a suicide bomber in western Anbar province's capital of Ramadi late Tuesday, one of his men said.

Mohammed Khamis Abu Risha was touring a checkpoint manned by his fighters in Ramadi when a suicide bomber hugged him, said one of his men who witnessed the attack.

Abu Risha was the commander of hundreds of men in the desert province's capital, where security forces and a smaller number of pro-government Sunni tribal fighters have for months been battling tribesmen furious at Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and militants hailing from the al Qaeda spinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

(Reporting by Kamal Nim'aa in Anbar; Isra' al-Rube'ii in Baghdad)