5 Iraqi policemen killed in Anbar

Officials say gunmen wearing police uniforms have kidnapped and killed five Iraqi policemen in a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad.

Anbar provincial councilman Sheik Efan Saadoun said the five officers were ambushed as they were guarding the main highway that links Iraq with neighboring Syria and Jordan.

Saadoun says the attackers were insurgents disguised as police and driving a stolen police vehicle.

A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, says the attack occurred around 5:00 a.m.

The Sunni-dominated Anbar province was once a capital for Iraq's insurgency, but a US-backed tribal revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq has led to a sharp drop in violence in the area.

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