Officials say gunmen wearing military uniforms have killed the wife and two children of an Iraqi policeman in an attack on his home south of Baghdad.
Police officials say the gunmen stormed the house Wednesday morning in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Among the dead was a one-year-old girl.
The policeman was seriously wounded and taken to a nearby hospital.
A hospital medic confirmed the death toll.
Since the U.S. pullout in December, militant groups have stepped up attacks on Iraq's security forces in an attempt to undermine public confidence in the Shiite-dominated government's ability to protect its citizens.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
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