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Gunmen from the Islamic State of Iraq pretending to be an official security force opened fire on police at numerous checkpoints in Haditha, Iraq, early Monday, killing 27, authorities said.
Three of the attackers were killed in shootouts with officers, according to Khalid Salman, head of the Haditha local council
In addition to the 27 killed, three officers were wounded.
At least 14 black SUVs with more than 30 gunmen disguised in SWAT-style uniforms entered the town at about 2 a.m., Salman said. The gunmen were carrying forged arrest warrants for senior police officers.
"Iraqi security forces believe that those attackers drove all the way down from desert areas close to Bayji, about 200 km (124 miles) north of Haditha".
When they arrived at the police checkpoint on the northern outskirts of town, they ordered all local police officers to turn off their cell phones, Salman said.
"The attackers told local police at that checkpoint that they have arrest warrants issued from Baghdad against two senior police officers in Haditha," he said. "All seven local police at that checkpoint were convinced after the attackers showed them forged arrest warrants, and they agreed to switch off their phones -- and later, all were killed in cold blood."