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Gunmen kidnap and kill six men

Gunmen kidnapped six men from different homes in a town south of Baghdad and later shot them dead, according to officials in Iraq.

A police officer said the gunmen broke into the homes at dawn on Sunday in the town of Latifiyah, a mainly Sunni town 20 miles south of Baghdad. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the killings.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures.

Last year, Iraq saw its highest death toll since the worst of the country's sectarian blood-letting began to subside in 2007, according to United Nations figures.

The country will hold its first parliamentary elections since the withdrawal of US troops on April 30.

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