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Officials: Iraqi soldiers regain control of Sunni town north of Baghdad after gunmen leave

Iraqi authorities say soldiers backed by tanks have retaken control of a Sunni town north of Baghdad after gunmen who seized it earlier withdrew without resistance.

Police and military officials said that army units entered Suleiman Beg on Friday morning after negotiations with local tribal leaders.

Sunni gunmen seized the town Thursday after a firefight with security forces.

More than 150 people have been killed in clashes in Sunni towns in western and northern Iraq in the past four days. The fighting has raised concerns about the spread of sectarian clashes in Iraq.

The latest unrest in Iraq began on Tuesday after a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest encampment in the northern town of Hawija. Sunnis charge that the Shiite-led government mistreats them.