Gunmen stormed the house of a Sufi Muslim cleric in Iraq's western Anbar province on Wednesday, killing four people and wounding at least six others, police said.
The attackers, who were carrying machine guns, struck in the pre-dawn hours in a small town near the city of Falluja in an attempt to kill the three sons of the cleric, police said. The sons, who are soldiers in the Iraqi army, were not at the house at the time of the attack.
Three women and a child were killed when the gunmen broke in and started shooting at family members, police said.
The cleric was not harmed in the assault.
Sufism, a branch of Islam associated with contemplation, is found in many parts of the Muslim world. It places a greater focus on prayer and recitation and its followers have tended to stay out of politics.
Separately, two Iraqi army soldiers were killed and four others were wounded when attackers blew up a house in Baghdad's western district of Abu Ghraib.
Hundreds of people have been killed since an inconclusive March 7 parliamentary election that has yet to produce a new government.
No coalition won enough seats to form a majority government.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 14 Temmuz 2010, 14:22