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.Updated: Feb 24, 2006 15:16 IST
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.
First Published: Feb 24, 2006 13:25 IST