Gunmen kill 18 Iraqi troops in checkpoint attacks

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Posted: Mar 05, 2012 1:08 AM
Gunmen kill 18 Iraqi troops in checkpoint attacks

FALLUJAH, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen killed up to 18 members of Iraq's security forces in an attack on checkpoints in the town of Haditha in western Iraq Monday, Iraqi officials said.

Mohammed Fathi, spokesman for the governor of Anbar province in the west of the country, said 18 soldiers were killed when gunmen sped up to a checkpoint and opened fire.

A police source in the province said the victims were police, not soldiers, and that 17 had died. The gunmen rode in Interior Ministry vehicles and attacked several checkpoints before dawn, the source said.

(Reporting by Suadad al-Salhy in Baghdad and Fadhel al-Badrani in Fallujah, Iraq)