Sunni lawmaker arrested in Iraq on terrorism charges
BAGHDAD — Iraqi troops detained a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges on Saturday and killed his brother and five of his guards when they opened fire on the arresting officers.
The incident, which will likely add to the nation's sectarian tensions, also left one Iraqi soldier dead.
The arrested lawmaker, Ahmed al-Alwani, has been prominent among the organizers of Sunni protests against Iraq's Shiite-led government over the past year. He is sought on terrorism charges for inciting violence against Shiites who came to power after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ended Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led regime.
As military and security forces arrived at his home at dawn in the western city of Ramadi, al-Alwani's guards and tribesmen opened fire, prompting a shootout that lasted for nearly an hour, a police officer said. A spokesman of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces, Sameer al-Showaili, told the state TV that al-Alwani surrendered when he ran out of ammunition.
Along with those killed on the scene — al-Alwani's brother, five guards and a soldier — 12 guards and five soldiers were wounded in the shootout.
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