Gunmen kill 7 civilians in Iraq's Anbar province

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-04 18:00:14|Editor: ying
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Unidentified gunmen on Monday shot dead seven family members in the city of Ramadi, the capital of the country's western province of Anbar, a provincial police source said.

Early in the morning, the gunmen broke into a house in Juweiba neighborhood in eastern Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, and opened fire on the family members and killed them all before they fled the scene, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Ramadi and blocked the entrances of the city, as the troops launched a search campaign looking for the attackers, the source said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack in the city, which is witnessing relative calm since the Iraqi security forces dislodged the Islamic State (IS) militants from the key cities of Anbar province, including Ramadi and the nearby Fallujah.

However, areas near the border with neighboring Syria, including Aana, Rawa and al-Qaim as well as the vast rural areas across the province are still under the control of the extremist IS militants.