| GEO World|
| Gunmen kill family, including women, child in Iraq|
| Updated at: 1656 PST, Friday, January 23, 2009|
BAGHDAD: Gunmen shot dead nine members of a family, six of them women and a child, in an overnight raid on their home in Iraq's volatile northern Diyala province, police said.
The attackers then abducted two other family members, a man and woman, from the house in a village of near the town of Balad Ruz, 90 km (55 miles) north of Baghdad.
Diyala is still one of Iraq's most violent provinces, a place where Sunni Islamist al Qaeda and other militant groups still roam despite repeated attempts to stamp them out.
Police did not know who was behind the attack or why the family, all Arabs from the Sunni sect, were targeted.