Shi'ite militiamen kill 70 at Sunni mosque

Baquba - Shi'ite militiamen gunned down 70 people at a Sunni mosque in the Hamreen area northeast of Baghdad on Friday, Iraqi officers and doctors said.

Army and police officers said the attack on the Musab bin Omair Mosque came after Shi'ite militiamen were killed in clashes, while other sources said it followed a roadside bomb near one of their patrols.

Doctors and the officers put the toll from the attack, in which worshippers were sprayed with machinegun fire, at 70 dead and 20 wounded.

Two officers had earlier blamed IS for the attack, but the preponderance of accounts point to Shi'ite militiamen.

The government turned to militiamen to bolster its flagging forces during the IS offensive, sparking a resurgence of groups involved in brutal sectarian killings in past years that will be difficult to dislodge.

Ibrahim Aziz Ali, whose 25-year-old nephew was among those killed, told AFP he and other residents heard gunfire and rushed to the mosque, where they were fired on by snipers.

Five vehicles with images of revered Shi'ite Imam Hussein were parked at the mosque, Ali said, adding that residents clashed with the militiamen who withdrew when the Iraqi army arrived.

"We found a massacre" at the mosque, he said.

Ali said he hoped for justice from the courts, but if it is not forthcoming, "we will take our right by our hands."

Iraqi premier designate Haidar al-Abadi issued a statement calling for unity and condemning the killings, which may complicate the already-contentious process of forming the country's next government.

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Philani Nozulu 2014-08-22 10:50:20 PM
what a sick world we live in.
Enig Ma 2014-08-22 10:51:22 PM
allah's religion of peace at its best again, scenes straight from the quran!
Abubakar Mahmud 2014-08-23 01:12:13 AM
Peapl a der bot islam was fern
Husain Motala 2014-08-23 03:11:35 AM
Ok so then Christianity is also based on death......caus pretty sure the holocaust wasn't done by muslims
Madulla Nkosi 2014-08-23 03:23:00 AM
And there it is for the WHOLE WORLD to see. This is what Israel is up against! Mass murderers, rapist, suicide bombers, terrorists, apostasy executioners, paedophelia. These are the atrocities that stare Israelis in the face. Yes, we absolutely abhor the fact that innocents are caught up in the pursuit of these evil cult members. But what other options are available ........???
MOON2-ZN 2014-08-23 03:27:13 AM
Prayfully no halaal food on Mars for my great grandchildren !!!!!
MOON2-ZN 2014-08-23 03:31:07 AM
Strange no marches and protests in the major cities from peace loving muslims. But when it's Israel and USA... the infidels .....!!!!!!!
Ame Ombre 2014-08-23 03:35:04 AM
Proof of very serious problems amongst Muslims with daily violence, hatred, discrimination, disunity, conflicting ideologies, different organisation, prejudices, arrogant attitudes, not tolerant towards one another, etc... The main causes of all these problems ultimately stem from Muslims inability to comprehend, apply and follow the their Quranic injunction and their Islamic obligation of "Be not divided amongst yourselves"!!!???
Trevor Anderson 2014-08-23 04:21:54 AM
It's pathetic
Imran Chilwan 2014-08-23 04:34:06 AM
Really??? Shias are going to have the pictures of Ali plastered on the vehicles when committing this massacre? What a load of BS! It's OBVIOUSLY another group wanting to lay blame on the Shia. Another thing, News 24 stop using misleading pictures. That mosque has got NOTHING to do with the story.