KIRKUK  - Gunmen shot dead eight Iraqi soldiers as they were on their way to report to their unit in a town north of Baghdad on Friday evening, security and medical officials said. At least one soldier survived the gun attack in which a minibus the troops were travelling in overturned, but he was badly wounded, an Iraqi army colonel and a police colonel said. A doctor at the nearest hospital confirmed the toll. All three spoke on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, gunmen in military uniforms attacked the house of an Iraqi anti-Qaeda militia leader north of Baghdad on Friday, killing him and three of his sons, a police officer and a doctor said.The gunmen bound their hands and killed Khalil al-Ajili and one of his sons in the house near Baquba, a police lieutenant colonel said, adding the other two tried to escape but were killed in a nearby field.A doctor from Baquba General Hospital confirmed the toll.With the latest attack, 17 members of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia forces have been killed in violence this month.The Sahwa are made up of Sunni Arab tribesmen who joined forces with the US military against Al-Qaeda from late 2006, helping turn the tide against the insurgency.The Iraqi government announced at the end of January that about 41,000 Sahwa fighters are to receive 500,000 Iraqi dinars ($415) a month, up from 300,000 dinars ($250).An increase in wages for the Sahwa, as well as their incorporation into the security forces and civil service, has long been a demand of Iraq’s Sunni community.