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Gunmen storm house in Baghdad, kill five

The attack occurred at about 4 am in the town Latifiyah, about 30 kilometers south of Baghdad, despite a curfew.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 15:16 IST
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Gunmen stormed a house south of Baghdad early on Friday and shot dead five men, an Iraqi army officer said.

The attack occurred at about 4 am in the town Latifiyah, about 30 kilometers south of Baghdad, despite a curfew, Capt Ibrahim Abdullah said.

About two-dozen Shiites lived in the targeted home. The gunmen separated men from women, then gunned down five of them, Abdullah said.

Latifiyah is in a Sunni insurgent-heavy area known as the Triangle of Death.

Friday's killings came after the bombing Wednesday of one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines unleashed a wave of sectarian violence that has killed more than 100 people.

Iraqi state television announced an unusual extension of the nighttime curfew until 4 pm on Friday in Baghdad and three nearby flashpoint provinces, including the one around Latifiyah.