Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

33 killed in Baghdad housing raid

An Islamic militant speaks to people during a celebration of their declaration of an Islamic state at a mosque in Fallujah (AP)
An Islamic militant speaks to people during a celebration of their declaration of an Islamic state at a mosque in Fallujah (AP)

Gunmen have killed at least 33 people, including 29 women, in a raid on two buildings in a housing complex in Baghdad, Iraqi police say.

The gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles before storming the buildings in the Zayounah neighbourhood in eastern Baghdad, officials said. They added that at least 18 people were wounded.

Police have cordoned off the area.

The Interior Ministry and hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures.

The motive behind the killings was not immediately clear.

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