Ten suspected al-Qaeda-affiliated gunmen were arrested and four others were killed when security forces stormed the residential building where they were hiding, Iraqi police in Anbar province said Wednesday (March 7th). The gunmen are accused of attacking security centres in Haditha on Monday.
Anbar police spokesperson Maj. Hamid Zaban told Al-Shorfa "a joint police force from Anbar and Salah al-Din provinces managed to crack down on the gunmen".
He said the gunmen and security forces were engaged in clashes for several hours late Tuesday night in a village in Baiji district and a village along the Anbar border.
Two of the gunmen blew themselves up while policemen were trying to storm the building and two members of the security forces were killed and seven others wounded in the clashes, Zaban said.
"Important information and clues proving the gunmen's involvement in the [Haditha attacks] and their work for al-Qaeda were found in their possession," he told Al-Shorfa.