BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official says that gunmen have tried to take over a small Sunni town in the county's west, sparking battles that left 11 people including six attackers dead.
Waqas Adnan, the mayor of Ana, said that the assault on the town started Tuesday at dawn when a car bomb exploded near the town's police station. The mayor says that about 30 gunmen attacked his house.
Adnan says his brother died in the two hours of fighting that ensued, as well as four policemen and six attackers.
Ana is 330 kilometers (200 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
Violence has spiked in Iraq in recent months as insurgents capitalize on rising sectarian and ethnic tensions. More than 4,000 people have been killed over the past five months alone, according to U.N. figures.
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