Iraqi gunmen take police, mayor hostage
Armed insurgents on Monday stormed a police headquarters in western Iraq and took hostage senior officials and police officers, security officials said.
At least two explosions preceded the attack on the Al-Baghdadi police headquarters, which is in the same compound as the mayor’s office, according to the officials.
The gunmen have taken hostage the police chief and mayor of Al-Baghdadi, police in the provincial capital Ramadi said, although other officials said that several police were being held.
Al-Baghdadi id about 150 kilometres north-west of Baghdad in predominantly Sunni Anbar province.
Anbar was a key Sunni insurgent base in the years after the US-led invasion of 2003, but since 2006 local tribes have sided with the American military and day-to-day violence has dropped dramatically.