Monday, May 21, 2007


16 Kurds killed by gunmen in Iraqi military uniform

(AINA) - 16 Kurds have been killed by gunmen wearing Iraqi military uniforms who stormed a village near the Iranian border with Iraq. Brigadier General Nadhim Sharif, the commander of Iraqi border forces in Diyala Province, said the gang stormed the village of Qara Lus, about 100 kilometres northeast of Baghdad, in the early hours of the morning.
Officials said the gunmen went house to house, masquerading as security forces on a legitimate mission. The commander blamed the attack on the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq', an alliance of Sunni militant groups that serves as a front for al-Qaeda in Iraq and has a strong presence in the war-torn province of Diyala where the village is located. Qara Lus is a small community of Failis, or Kurdish Shiites, a minority group that has been targeted in the past by Sunni extremists.

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