Officials: 21 police killed in western Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials in western Iraq say a gang of gunmen wearing military-style uniforms has killed 21 policemen in an early-morning shooting spree.

Iraqi security officials said the killings began before dawn on Monday when the gunmen kidnapped two senior police commanders from their homes in Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad.

The gang then drove to the city and gunned down police at two security checkpoints.

Officials said at least 21 policemen and three of the gang members were killed in the shoot-outs.

The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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