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Fourty-five die as angry Shiite police go on killing spree

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03/28/2007 05:38 AM
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Fourty-five die as angry Shiite police go on killing spree
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28/03/2007 - 10:17:12

At least 45 people were killed when off-duty Shiite policemen went on a revenge spree against Sunnis in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar today.

Enraged by massive truck bombings which killed 63 people yesterday, the policemen began roaming the Sunni neighbourhoods on foot early in the morning, shooting at Sunni residents and homes.

A senior hospital official in Tal Afar said at least 45 men aged 15 to 60 were killed with a shot to the back of the head and four others were wounded.

Police said dozens of Sunnis were killed or wounded, but they had no precise figures. The shooting continued for more than two hours, officials said.

Army troops later moved into the Sunni areas to stop the violence and a curfew was imposed on the entire town, according to Wathiq al-Hamdani, the provincial police chief and his head of operations, Brig. Abdul-Karim al-Jibouri.

Tal Afar, 260 miles north-west of Baghdad, is in the province of Ninevah of which Mosul is the capital.

“The situation is under control now,” said al-Hamdani. “The local Tal Afar police have been confined to their bases and policemen from Mosul are moving there to replace them.”

Al-Jibouri said he was heading to Tal Afar to take charge of the situation.
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03/28/2007 05:53 AM
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Our police are not so shite they would have just arrested them.
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Dozens killed in north Iraq city

Gunmen have killed at least 45 people in a Sunni district in the northwestern Iraqi border town of Talafar.

The deaths were in apparent reprisal for bombings in a Shia area on Tuesday, which killed about 55 others. Iraqi officials said the attack was on the al-Wahada district, where tensions have been rising between Shia, Sunni and Turkmen residents.

"Shia armed groups killed Sunni men inside their homes," the town's mayor Brigadier Najim al-Jubouri said.

Some reports said the gunmen may have been off-duty Shia policemen.

The police had been the target of an angry demonstration by the families of those killed and injured in the earlier bombings.

'Handcuffed bodies'

Doctors at Talafar hospital said that 45 bodies of handcuffed and blindfolded men had been received from the neighbourhood overnight.

"They are lying in the grounds. We don't have enough space in the hospital. All of the victims were shot in the head," one said.

An Iraqi army spokesman in Mosul, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Salah, described the killings as a "reprisal act".

"A violent incident happened [on Tuesday] and a reprisal act happened in al-Wahada, which is in the south of the town, just after the bombings," he said.

"The situation is under control right now and we have started an investigation into the incident."

The Iraqi army has imposed a curfew on the town, deployed armoured vehicles and even banned police from moving, an army officer said.