Skip to main content

8 family members among 14 shot dead near Baghdad

By Jomana Karadsheh, CNN
January 16, 2014 -- Updated 2034 GMT (0434 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 14 are found dead north of Baghdad, police say
  • They were taken by men in military uniforms, police say
  • 11 others die in shootings and blasts elsewhere

Baghdad (CNN) -- The bodies of 14 men shot dead -- and with some signs of torture -- were found in an area north of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

The men were taken Wednesday by armed men in military uniforms who raided the mainly Sunni town of Mashahda, police said.

Iraq has been engulfed by sectarian violence for many months. According to police, eight of the men were from one family.

In other parts of the country, at least 11 people died Thursday in shootings and explosions, police said. The incidents occurred in Mosul, Ramadi, Tikrit, Baquba, as well as Baghdad, police said.

In Anbar province, to the west of Baghdad, mortar shells hit the city of Falluja on Thursday night

Details about casualties, if any, weren't immediately available.

Iraq's government has said its security forces have been fighting al Qaeda-backed militants in the city for days.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 0916 GMT (1716 HKT)
Branded an "extremist" by China's state-run media, Joshua Wong isn't even old enough to drive.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 0655 GMT (1455 HKT)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised political pundits with his rapid rise to power. CNN meets the man behind the enigma.
September 19, 2014 -- Updated 0106 GMT (0906 HKT)
British journalist John Cantlie hadn't been seen in nearly two years. Now, he's the latest hostage to be paraded out by ISIS.
September 19, 2014 -- Updated 1049 GMT (1849 HKT)
British PM David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes.
The burial leader. The hospital gatekeeper. The disease detective. All telling powerful, stories from West Africa.
September 18, 2014 -- Updated 2303 GMT (0703 HKT)
Alibaba's IPO is unlike anything investors have ever seen and could threaten other online retailers. Maggie Lake reports.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 0130 GMT (0930 HKT)
Indian PM Narendra Modi has said al Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country.
September 18, 2014 -- Updated 1201 GMT (2001 HKT)
Put yourself in the shoes (and sixth-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group.
September 20, 2014 -- Updated 1444 GMT (2244 HKT)
 Tennis Player Li Na attends the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party as guests enjoy Ciroc Vodka presented by Dubai Duty Free at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London,
Asia's first grand slam singles champion Li Na has called time on her 15-year tennis career.
September 18, 2014 -- Updated 1409 GMT (2209 HKT)
Even death couldn't part two skeletons excavated from a lost chapel in an English county, found with their fingers entwined.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1100 GMT (1900 HKT)
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT