Suicide bomber kills Iraqi tribal sheik
28 February 2014, 16:08
Baghdad - Iraqi police say a suicide bomber in western Iraq has killed a prominent pro-government tribal sheik as well as six of his militiamen.
Police chief of the town of Haditha, Colonel Farouq al-Jughaifi, said on Friday that the bomber rammed his explosives-laden car late on Thursday into the guesthouse of Sheik Saeed Fleih al-Osman - a councilman and a leader for the town's anti-al-Qaeda Sunni tribal militias.
Al-Jughaifi added that five civilians were also wounded.
Haditha is located about 220km northwest of Baghdad in the largely Sunni province of Anbar.
The Awakening Councils, or Sahwa, were first formed and financed by the US troops to help fighting extremist militant groups. They are the favorite targets for the insurgent groups who see them as traitors.