Militants attack Anbar UniversityAssociated Press.
The attack on Anbar University followed the holding by Islamic extremists and other anti-government militias of parts of the nearby provincial capital of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah since December, amid rising tensions between Sunni Muslims and the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. While shelling and gun battles continue between the militants and government-allied forces, the university largely has been left alone while civilians fled the violence.
That changed early last Saturday 7 June as the gunmen killed three police officers on guard at the university's gate, a police and a military official said. The gunmen then detained dozens of students inside a university dorm.
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