Iraqi bodyguard, family killed in house raid

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Posted: Mar 11, 2012 6:51 AM
Iraqi bodyguard, family killed in house raid

Authorities say gunmen broke into a house north of the Iraqi capital and killed the sleeping family inside before blowing up the property.

Police said Sunday's early morning strike appeared to target a bodyguard of the mayor of Tarmiyah, 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

The pre-dawn attack happened a few miles (kilometers) away, in the Sunni Muslim-dominated village of Mishahda. Police said the bodyguard, and his wife, sister and two young daughters were killed.

A medic at a military hospital in Tarmiyah confirmed the casualties.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but al-Qaida in Iraq frequently targets government and security officials.