(WASHINGTON) — Assailants gunned down 27 Iraqi police officers in an early morning wave of attacks Monday across the western city of Haditha.
The militants, some of whom reportedly donned military uniforms, initially kidnapped two senior officers as they left their homes before approaching an Iraqi army checkpoint, where the clashes began.
The kidnapped officers were later found dead, police said, according to BBC News.
Three militants were also killed in the fighting.
The BBC reported that Al Qaeda was being blamed for the attacks.
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