Iraq officials: Gunmen kill leader of local Sunni anti-al-Qaida militia, his 2 bodyguards
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed the leader of a local Sunni militia opposed to al-Qaida and his two bodyguards in a drive-by shooting northeast of Baghdad.
Police officials say gunmen in two pickups sprayed the car of Bassem Mahmoud with bullets near the city of Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of the Iraqi capital. Baqouba is the provincial capital of Diyala.
Bassem headed a Sunni group known as Sahwa, which joined the fight against al-Qaida during the height of Iraq war.
A health official confirmed the deaths. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.
Saturday's attack came only a day after a deadly bombing at a Sunni mosque in Diyala killed 22 people.