Gunmen kill over 2 dozen police officers in shooting spree in western Iraq.

Iraqi police officers shoot their pistols during training at a…

Iraqi police officers shoot their pistols during training at a range on Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, May 1, 2007. The police officers are training with International Police Liaison Officers and the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine.

A gang of gunmen wearing military-style uniforms killed 25 police Monday in a carefully planned early morning shooting spree in western Iraq, officials said.

The killings began with the gang kidnapping two police commanders from their homes in the western Iraqi city of Haditha around 2 a.m. It ended with the gang raising the flag of Al Qaeda at a police checkpoint in the latest bloody strike against Iraq’s security forces.

Officials in Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad, described a systematic plot to kill city police, with attackers disguising themselves in military uniforms and driving cars painted to look like Iraqi interior ministry vehicles.

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