7 killed as Iraqi troops arrest Sunni lawmaker

Ahmed al-Alwani Iraqi troops on Saturday detained a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges and killed his brother and five of his guards after the six opened fire on the arresting officers. The incident, which is likely to add to sectarian tensions, also left an Iraqi soldier dead.

The arrested lawmaker,  Dr. Ahmed al-Alwani, ( pictured ) has been prominent among the organizers of Sunni protests against Iraq’s Shiite-led government over the past year. He is wanted on terrorism charges for inciting violence against Shiites who came to power after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-led regime.

As military and security forces arrived at his home at dawn Saturday in the western city of Ramadi, Alwani’s guards and tribesmen opened fire, prompting a shootout that lasted nearly an hour, a police officer said. A spokesman for Iraq’s counterterrorism forces, Sameer al-Showaili, told state TV that Alwani surrendered after he ran out of ammunition.

In addition to those killed on the scene, 12 guards and five soldiers were wounded in the shooting. Six other guards were arrested, the officer said. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures.

Alwani’s bloc in parliament, Iraqiya, demanded his release and denounced the arrest as politically motivated, saying it was intended to benefit the bloc’s rivals in next year’s national elections.

Sunni lawmaker Salman al-Jumaili, who heads the bloc in the parliament, also accused the Shiite-led government of “agitating sectarian tension regardless of the consequences on the future of the country.”

Since last December, Iraq’s Sunni minority has been staging protests against what it claims is second-class treatment at the hands of the Shiite majority — protests that have been coupled with a rising wave of insurgent attacks across the country.

Washington Post

  • hezzies are terrorists

    Geez shites harassing everyone but their own. How unlike them to be sectarian and terrorists. And here I am thinking they are holier than mother Theresa.

  • hezzies are terrorists

    Geez shites harassing everyone but their own. How unlike them to be sectarian and terrorists. And here I am thinking they are holier than mother Theresa.

  • vasile grasu

    Sunni terorrists are killing thousands and thousands of shias,in order to bomb them into submission,and make them a minority in numbers..so they anew could be the masters of the sons of Hussayeen and Ali….iraki shia will never accept that..Irak is lost for the sunni terrorists..

    • 5thDrawer

      Balancing Act between countries?? Keeping the ‘sects’ at the 10 – 1 ratio? 😉

      • desbil

        You are bullshitting too much MR.Cut the crap and get a LIFE

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Lmfao. Tell the world please what happened to the Christians of Iraq after the Safavids rode on the back of yank tanks to power in Iraq? What happened to women’s right that they enjoyed under that great Sunni
      Saddam Hussein RIP. What happened to all the minorities? What happened to the gays? What happened to the one trillion dollars that just disappeared from the oil ministry??? You people are a disgusting joke

    • Hind Abyad

      Sunni in Pakistan playing soccer with Shia heads, among the illitered Jihadi$ fighting in Syria,
      are considered “lesser evil” by littered opinions, while Sunnis arround the World begin distancing themselves from Wahabi Fat Rats.

      • Peaceforleb

        Even an animal wouldn’t do something like this. The above pigs are less than an animal.

  • vasile grasu

    Sunni terorrists are killing thousands and thousands of shias,in order to bomb them into submission,and make them a minority in numbers..so they anew could be the masters of the sons of Hussayeen and Ali….iraki shia will never accept that..Irak is lost for the sunni terrorists..

    • 5thDrawer

      Balancing Act between countries?? Keeping the ‘sects’ at the 10 – 1 ratio? 😉

      • desbil

        You are bullshitting too much MR.Cut the crap and get a LIFE

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Lmfao. Tell the world please what happened to the Christians of Iraq after the Safavids rode on the back of tanks to power in Iraq? What happened to women’s right that they enjoyed under that great Sunni
      Saddam Hussein RIP. What happened to all the minorities? What happened to the gays? What happened to the one trillion dollars that just disappeared from the oil ministry??? You people are a disgusting joke

    • Hind Abyad

      Sunni in Pakistan playing soccer with Shia head, among the illitered Jihadi$ fghting in Syria,
      are considered “lesser evil”, by littered opinions while Sunnis arround the World are begining
      to distance themselves from the Sunni Wahabi Fat Rats.

      • Peaceforleb

        Even an animal wouldn’t do something like this. The above pigs are less than an animal.