BAGHDAD — Attackers disguised in military uniforms killed seven anti-Al Qaeda militiamen in Iraq early on Friday as antigovernment protests once again raged in Iraq’s Sunni provinces.
The militiamen, members of the Sahwa group, were killed outside the town of Tuz Khormato, about 130 miles north of Baghdad. Police said they were lured to a checkpoint where gunmen overpowered them, tied them up, and executed each with a gunshot to the head. Sahwa joined forces with US troops to fight Al Qaeda during the Iraq war. Ever since, it has been a target for Sunni insurgents who consider members to be traitors.