- Title: IRAQ: 18 Bodies found in Baghdad
- Date: 8th March 2006
- Summary: (BN07) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MARCH 8, 2006)(REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF YARMOUK HOSPITAL AND AMBULANCE WITH WAILING; SIREN DRIVING ON THE STREET; SIGN "YARMOUK TEACHING HOSPITAL"; DOOR OF THE HOSPITAL MORGUE BODIES ON THE FLOOR OF THE MORGUE; MORE OF THE BODIES AT MORGUE; MAN CRYING NEAR BODY/SHOWING AN ARM WITH A HANDCUFF ON IT
- Embargoed: 23rd March 2006 12:00
- Location: Iraq
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVA9ZOLJJ562XI0XWP77R2WTNU6W
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- Story Text: Baghdad police found the bodies of 18 men, bound and blindfold, in a minibus close to a violent, mainly Sunni Arab, district of the capital, officials said on Wednesday (March 8, 2006).
It was unclear how the men died, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. One police source said they may have suffocated.
The identities of the men, found on Tuesday (March 7) just before midnight (2100 GMT) near the Amriya district of western Baghdad, were not clear. Amriya has been a stronghold of Sunni insurgent groups.
The dumping of bodies bearing signs of torture and killed execution-style has become a feature of a sectarian "dirty war" being waged among Iraqi armed factions. Official figures and anecdotal evidence suggests an increase in such killings since the destruction of a major Shi'ite shrine in Samarra two weeks ago on Feb. 22 sparked reprisal attacks.
Once dominant Sunni Arabs accuse the police and other government forces of running death squads against them. The Shi'ite-led, U.S.-backed government denies that. Sunni Arab insurgents carry out attacks on Shi'ites in the capital.
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