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article imageIraqi gunmen in army uniforms kill at least 25 in Baghdad village

By Andrew Moran     Apr 3, 2010 in World
Baghdad - At least 25 people are dead after a group of men dressed up in Iraqi army uniforms broke into several houses in a village southern Baghdad and shot many of them in the head.
Violence continues to escalate in Iraq and on Saturday, dozens more of Iraqis were killed by a group of gunmen who disguised themselves as army personnel as they wore uniforms belonging to the military and killed 25 people, according to the Times Online. The Iraqi Interior Ministry verified that twenty men and five women were killed.
In a village in the southern part of the capital city of Baghdad, gunmen stormed between three and five houses, handcuffed the occupants and shot them in the head, reports Al Jazeera. At least seven remained alive with their hands tied behind their backs.
“Men wearing uniforms and driving vehicles similar to those used by the army stormed ... houses in the village of Sufiya ... and killed 25 people, including five women,” said one spokesperson for the Interior Ministry.
Many of the victims have been identified as belonging to the Iraqi security forces or former Sunni militants who joined the government and United States troops to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq.
AFP reports that local authorities believe the perpetrators belonged to al-Qaeda, at least according to security spokesperson Major General Qassim Atta.
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