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20 gunmen surrender to police in Kirkuk.

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KIRKUK, July 6 (VOI) Co A total of 20 gunmen belonging to the self-styled 'Islamic State of Iraq' and al-Naqshabandiya group gave themselves up to local security forces in Kirkuk city, an Iraqi army source said on Sunday.

"The 20 gunmen gave themselves up to the security apparatus in al-Rashad district, southwestern Kirkuk, under the national reconciliation project," the commander of the Iraqi army's 4th regiment, 15th Brigade, Staff Major Shiwan Hamma Ghareeb, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

The source did not provide further details.

The Islamic State of Iraq is an al-Qaeda-linked Sunni armed group centered in Diala, Mosul, and Anbar. The group is considered responsible for several kidnappings and murders throughout the country.

Al-Naqshabandiya, formed before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, is a group that introduces itself as an Islamic spiritual dogmatic organization, but its ideologies changed into ones of armed struggle against the occupation forces.

Kirkuk, an oil-rich and mixed city of Kurds, Turkmen, Christians, and Arabs, lies 250 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

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Publication:Aswat al-Iraq (Erbil, Iraq)
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Date:Jul 6, 2008
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