At least 68 Iraqi Sunnis killed during attack on Friday prayers


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REUTERS - Iraqi Shi’ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers.

A morgue official in Diyala province north of Baghdad said 68 people had been killed in the sectarian attack staged on the Muslim day of prayer. Ambulances took the bodies 60 km (40 miles) to the provincial capital of Baquba, where Iranian-trained Shi’ite militias are powerful and act with impunity.

Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.

Two influential Sunni politicians, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri, quickly suspended participation in talks with the main Shi’ite political alliance to form a new government.

Lawmaker Nahida al-Dayani, who is from Diyala, said about 150 worshippers were at Imam Wais mosque when the militiamen arrived following a roadside bombing which had targeted a security vehicle. “It is a new massacre,” said Dayani, a Sunni originally from the village where the attack happened.

haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.612033?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The U.S. condemns the vicious attack today on innocent men, women, and children inside a mosque in Iraq. go.usa.gov/mbYe


#2

It still hasn’t been confirmed who was behind this attack yet.

                                                It was not immediately clear whether the attack was carried out by Shiite militiamen or the extremist group ISIS, which has been advancing into the ethnically and communally mixed Diyala province and has been known to kill fellow Sunnis who refuse to submit to its leadership.[dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-23/268230-mosque-massacre-dents-iraq-cabinet-bid.ashx#axzz3BATeC3aG](http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-23/268230-mosque-massacre-dents-iraq-cabinet-bid.ashx#axzz3BATeC3aG)

                                              If this was a Shia militia attack then it would certainly appear that tensions between the two groups of Islam are at the breaking point in Iraq.

#3

This is an obvious horrible tragedy, especially since the dead were in their house of worship at the time; may they all rest peace.


#4

I agree


#5

We still don’t know who did it dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-23/268261-iraq-investigating-sunni-mosque-attack.ashx

                                The fact that it involved a suicide bomber makes me suspect it was ISIS, as such actions are alot less popular with the Shia.

#6

ISIS tends to gain its support from the minority Sunni though.


#7

I thought they were gunned down by militiamen - not a suicide bomber.


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