Iraq: Police say al-Qaeda has infiltrated force

Baghdad, 27 June (AKI) - Police in the Iraqi city of Falluja have said that al-Qaeda members have infiltrated the country's security forces.

"Now we have the proof that al-Qaeda terrorists have managed to infiltrate the Iraqi security forces," said the head of police in Falluja, Faysal al-Zubei in an interview with the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.

Al-Zubei was speaking about Thursday's suicide attack in which at least 20 people were killed at a local council meeting in the town of Karma, east of Falluja, in Anbar province.

The suicide bomber detonated the explosives during a meeting between the town's administrator and the local Awakening Council in Karma.

Awakening Councils are US-allied Sunni militia movements fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Among those killed were 11 members of the local Awakening Council and the mayor of the town.

The suicide bomber managed to enter the municipal government building where the meeting was being held because he was wearing a police uniform.

"We are suffering greatly because of their infiltration and this is the main problem that has caused all these suicide attacks," said al-Zubei.

Thursday's attack in Karma was the third one this week against local administrators.

In the past few days, the police arrested two alleged terrorists who managed to infiltrate the Awakening Council in the western province of Anbar, where Karma is located.

These Awakening Councils are made up of Sunni tribal leaders and their work has helped the Iraqi security forces tackle the terrorists. For this reason, al-Qaeda has decided to infiltrate the groups.


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