Gunmen kill Iraqi police; 3 women abducted
Political groups call for new election
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BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Gunmen killed four police commandos and wounded six others Thursday morning at an Iraqi police checkpoint in southern Baghdad, police said.
About an hour later, gunmen kidnapped three Iraqi women in southwestern Baghdad. The women, who work in the Green Zone, were abducted when the gunmen stopped their vehicle.
Insurgents often target people perceived as helping the United States. The heavily fortified Green Zone is home to U.S. military headquarters and government ministries and embassies.
On Tuesday, in separate incidents, an Iraqi truck driver was killed and his brother was abducted by gunmen about 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Baquba, an official with Diyala's provincial Joint Coordination Center said.
Political groups reject election results
Representatives from Sunni Arab, Kurdish and secular Shiite Arab groups on Thursday rejected preliminary results of last week's election, claiming fraud and calling for an investigation.
Their umbrella group, called Maram, is calling for new elections. Maram includes entities led by secular Shiites Ayad Allawi and Ahmed Chalabi and Sunni Arab groups, including one led by Saleh al-Mutlag.
The group wants the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq -- which oversaw last week's vote -- to be disbanded and an alternative set up.
If that isn't done, Maram plans to call for nationwide peaceful demonstrations. Reports indicate a boycott of the new Council of Representatives could be in the works.
Maram would pose a challenge in the parliament to the United Iraqi Alliance, which is headed toward victory in last week's parliamentary elections. That alliance includes the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and Dawa, two parties that are religiously oriented.
CNN producer Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.
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