Iraq forces arrest Sunni MP

2013-12-28 18:09
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Ramadi - Iraqi security forces on Saturday raided the home of a Sunni MP who backs anti-government protesters, arresting him and sparking clashes that killed his brother and five guards, police said.

Ahmed al-Alwani's arrest and the deaths during the raid threaten to inflame widespread discontent among Iraq's minority Sunni Arab community and could compound the rampant violence bedevilling the country.

"Security forces attacked the residence of MP Ahmed al-Alwani in central Ramadi to arrest him this morning, sparking a battle with his guards with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades," a police major told AFP, referring to the capital of Anbar province west of Baghdad.

"Five of Alwani's guards and his brother were killed and eight others wounded, while 10 security forces members were also wounded," the major said.

A police captain confirmed the details of the raid, while a doctor at the Ramadi hospital confirmed the toll.

It was not immediately clear why Alwani, in his 40s and serving his second term as an MP, was arrested, though he is a well-known supporter of Sunni Arab anti-government protesters camped on a highway near Ramadi, and has frequently spoken at the site.

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