Militants kill 3 in attack on house of member of moderate Sunni Muslim sect in western Iraq

By Sinan Salaheddin, AP
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

3 die in Iraq attack on Sunni sect member’s house

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say militants have attacked the house of a member of a moderate Sunni Muslim sect in the country’s west, killing two women and a six-year-old child in their sleep.

Police and hospital officials say they attackers surrounded the house of Rahal Hussein, a member of the Sufi sect, just after midnight on Tuesday in a village near the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

The militants sprayed the house with machinegun fire and threw hand grenades inside, killing the sleeping women and child.

The officials say six people were also wounded. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak the media.

Sunni extremists have repeatedly targeted Iraq’s religious minorities while also battling the Shiite Muslims majority.

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