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8 Members of Shiite Family Slain in Iraq

Eight members of a Shiite family, including a 2-year-old, were shot to death in their sleep early Sunday, police said. The father suspected it was a sectarian crime. Residents of the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Baladiyat discovered the bodies early Sunday, said Col. Ahmed al-Alawi, the director of al-Rashad police station. The eight — seven siblings and their mother — died of gunshot wounds, he said. Six of the dead were aged between 2 and 14 years. One boy was injured. The father, Hussein al-Tarash, was not home at the time of the killings. Al-Tarash said that about three months ago, he had an argument with a barber who insulted Shiites. Later, the barber, a Sunni, was kidnapped and killed. Al-Tarash believed the barber’s tribe may have wanted to take revenge, thinking he was responsible. Full Story

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