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At least 50 bodies found in Baghdad

The bodies belong to the victims of the sectarian violence raging in the capital between rival Sunni and Shiite armed groups.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2006 15:55 IST

At least 50 corpses were discovered scattered around Baghdad overnight, police said on Monday.

The bodies all bore bullet wounds and are most likely the victims of the sectarian dirty war raging in the capital between rival Sunni and Shiite armed groups, a police official said.

The daily count of corpses showed a brief lull during a total curfew imposed on Baghdad on Saturday, but since it was lifted early yesterday levels of violence, including bombings, have returned to their previous levels.

On Sunday, police reported a mass kidnapping when armed men, some of them wearing security-style uniforms, stormed a food processing plant and kidnapped 26 people, four of whom subsequently escaped.

It is not known if some of those kidnapped were among the corpses found dumped in the streets.

In other violence, three soldiers from the Iraqi army's quick reaction force were killed in an ambush by gunmen early today near Kut city, southeast of Baghdad.

In the comparatively more secure south, Safa al-Ameed, director of the Sadr hospital was shot dead with his driver last night in the Shiite shrine city of Najaf.

The killings are generally believed to be the work of rival Shiite militias vying for control of the south, but police maintain they are just the work of criminals.