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Seven killed in Iraq blasts targeting anti-terror chief

Co-ordinated bombings targeting a local anti-terror chief and his family shattered four homes early this morning in the western Iraqi town of Heet, killing seven people.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2010 20:33 IST

Co-ordinated bombings targeting a local anti-terror chief and his family shattered four homes early this morning in the western Iraqi town of Heet, killing seven people.

Lieutenant Colonel Walid al-Heeti was initially thought to be among those who died in the blasts, which hit the town, 60 kilometres west of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, at around 3:00 am (local time), but police later said he had survived.

"His brother died, not Walid -- we thought Walid died, but he has survived," said Lieutenant Ezzadine Adil, the officer in charge of the investigation into the bombings.

"His brother, his name is Saad, died. Walid's house was destroyed in the bombing. His (Walid's) mother and wife were killed.

"The toll is seven killed -- his brother, four women, a baby and a policeman."

Six others were wounded in the blasts.

Attackers planted explosives around the bedrooms of four houses in the town, according to Lieutenant Colonel Fadhil Nimrawi, the head of Heet's emergency response unit.

Nimrawi had earlier said that Walid al-Heeti had died in the blasts.

The four houses were in different neighbourhoods across the centre of Heet, and no vehicles are being allowed in or out of the town as part of ramped up security.