Al Qaeda fighters killed at least 13 people in southern Baghdad on Thursday after shooting two Iraqi troops and stealing their vehicle, police said.
According to Reuters, the al Qaeda fighters drove up to the police patrol in the stolen Iraqi army vehicle before opening fire in an attack in the Hawr Rajab area of southern Baghdad's Doura district. An Interior Ministry official confirmed that 10 "Awakening Council" members, a local anti-Qaeda front, had died. According to him, three Iraqi troops were also killed and another three were hurt.
According to AFP, a doctor at Baghdad's Al-Yarmuk hospital said it had received the bodies of 10 civilians from the village. An interior ministry official later confirmed three troops had been killed and put the death toll of civilians at 18.