Gulf & Middle East
Gunmen kill two sons of Iraqi minister
Apr 19, 2007 - 6:29:16 PM

Tikrit -, April 19 - Gunmen killed eight people, including two sons of deputy Iraqi interior ministry, in several attacks in Salahudin province, a provincial police source said Thursday.

Gunmen opened fire on a car travelling on the main road near the Shrqat town, some 250 km north of Baghdad, killing four bodyguards of Ahmed Muhammad Khalaf, deputy Iraqi interior minister, police said.

Two sons of the deputy minister were among the killed bodyguards, one of them named Muthanna who heads the bodyguard team of his father, the source added.

Not far from the scene, the police found another car with two bodies shot with bullets and a third man seriously injured, the source said.

The police are investigating whether there was any relation with the first incident, he said.

Separately, unknown gunmen shot dead two people near the local court of Dujail, 60 km north of Baghdad.

In Duluiyah, 90 km north of Baghdad, a roadside bomb went off near a US patrol, damaging an armoured vehicle.

The US military has not confirmed the incident.

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