Officials say 18 Iraqi troops killed in ambush

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say at least 18 members of Iraqi security forces have been killed in an ambush northeast of Baghdad.

The head of the Diyala provincial council Ibrahim Bajilan says gunmen opened fire Wednesday on a group of Iraqi policemen and members of a U.S.-allied Sunni group near Khan Bani Saad.

He says 11 policemen and seven members of the so-called awakening council were killed.

A police officer in the provincial military operations center in nearby Baqouba confirmed the attack.

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