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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.


From Belfast Telegraph