BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say five Iraqi policemen have been killed in an insurgent attack on their checkpoint in the western half of the country.
A police officer says Tuesday's assault occurred in the Anbar province town of Rutba as the police were guarding the highway that links Iraq to neighboring Jordan.
A doctor in a nearby hospital confirmed the death toll. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
Anbar province was a former al-Qaida in Iraq stronghold and the birthplace of the pro-government Sunni militia that fought al-Qaida. The attack came two days after gunmen stormed a government compound and killed seven policemen in the provincial capital of Ramadi.