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Gunfight erupts as Iraqi Sunni leader arrested

Associated Press - March 28, 2009 6:43 PM ET

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials say a gunfight erupted in central Baghdad after the local leader of a Sunni group that broke with al-Qaida was arrested for his alleged role in terrorist acts.

An Iraqi military spokesman says the head of an Awakening Council group was detained Saturday along with an aide after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The shooting started after Iraqi army and police units served the warrant in a Sunni enclave on the east bank of the Tigris River that was run by al-Qaida until U.S. and Iraqi soldiers regained control in 2007.

Police say four people -- three civilians and a policeman were killed -- and 10 people were wounded in the shooting.

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