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56 bodies found in Baghdad: Police

Baghdad police said they found 56 tortured bodies scattered around the Iraqi capital, all the apparent victims of sectarian death squads.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 18:50 IST

Baghdad police said they found 56 tortured bodies scattered around the Iraqi capital over the 24 hours before Friday morning, all the apparent victims of sectarian death squads.

The victims, whose bodies were found between 6:00 am on Thursday and 6:00 am Friday, were all men estimated in age between 20 and 45, said police Lt Mohammed Khayon.

They were wearing civilian clothes and had been bound at the wrists and ankles, Khayon said.

He said the bodies showed signs of having been tortured, a common practice among religious extremists who snatch their victims from private homes or cars and buses travelling the capital's dangerous streets.

Such murders almost always go unsolved and Khayon said the police had no solid information on who the victims were, where and when they were killed, or by whom.

Shiite militiamen have been blamed for many of the capital's sectarian slayings, which exploded in number following the February bombing of an important Shiite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra.