Iraqi police today found 36 bullet-riddled bodies of men shot dead in apparent sectarian killings as lawmakers convened the first working session of Parliament since it was elected in December.
An Interior Ministry official said 14 bodies were found in eastern Baghdad today, while 20 other corpses were recovered from various areas in the capital late yesterday.
Two more bodies were found in the town of Al Mussayib, 80 km south of Baghdad. Hundreds of such bullet-riddled bodies have been found across the country, mostly in Baghdad, since the bombing of a revered Shi’ite shrine in February. Iraq’s Sunni Arab leaders blame the country’s Shi’ite-led Interior Ministry forces of operating death squads who carry out these extra-judicial killings of Sunni Arabs.
Also four college students were shot dead in Baghdad’s notorious Al Dura neighbourhood today, an Interior Ministry official said. ‘‘Insurgents set up a checkpoint on the highway in Al Dura and stopped a minibus full of college students. They pulled four students out of the bus and shot them dead,’’ he said.