Gunmen kill 16 members of Shi’ite family in Iraq

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Civilians gather at the site of Tuesday's bomb attack in BaghdadGunmen shot dead at least 16 members of a Shi’ite Muslim family before blowing up their two neighboring homes south of the Iraqi capital overnight, police and medics said.

The attack took place in the town of Latifiya, around 40 km (25 miles) from Baghdad, in a volatile area known as the “triangle of death”.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack but Sunni militants who view Shi’ites as apostates ( takfiris) have been regaining momentum in their insurgency and striking with a ferocity not seen in years.

“We were sitting in our house when some gunmen opened fire at us through the windows,” said a teenage girl wearing a red headscarf and dress, seated on the bed of her 6-year-old brother in a hospital ward. Both their heads were bandaged.

“My father stood and moved toward the door. They shot him dead immediately. They shot my sister dead. They were shooting randomly.”

Outside the hospital, people thought to be relatives of the victims wept as they waited to receive the bodies of the dead, which included women and children. One woman struck her head in grief, crying “God is Greatest!”

More than two years of civil war in neighboring Syria have aggravated deep-rooted sectarian divisions in Iraq, fraying an uneasy government coalition of Shi’ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish factions.

About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, according to the United Nations, with more than a third of the attacks in Baghdad.

The bloodshed, 18 months after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, has stirred concerns about a return to the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07, when the monthly death toll sometimes topped 3,000.

Late on Tuesday, a series of car bombs across Baghdad killed nearly 60 people in predominantly Shi’ite districts, police and medics said.

Separately on Wednesday, a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul, killing five policemen. A roadside bomb also struck a patrol in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad, killing five soldiers.

Photo: Civilians gather at the site of a bomb attack, a day after the blasts, in Baghdad September 4, 2013. A series of car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people in predominantly Shi’ite districts, police and medics said. REUTERS/Striner

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21 responses to “Gunmen kill 16 members of Shi’ite family in Iraq”

  1. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    This is the real Islam !
    Killing innocents because they do not believe exactly what these murderers believe in.

    1. man-o-war Avatar

      Generalize much? I don’t see eye to eye with some of my muslim friends and family members, but they have never threatened to kill me. You know what you said is not true. So, why say it? If the US, which is a predominantly Christian country starts bombing Syria tomorrow, is it ok to say that they represent the real Christianity? I never hear anyone saying that the pedophiles in the church represent the real Christianity. Why? Because its not even remotely close to being true. There are hateful violent Jewish settlers living in the West Bank, do they represent the real Judaism? No! Do you see my point?

      If what you say is true, there would be a lot more killing of non-Muslims on a daily basis. There are ~1.6 billion Muslim, a tenth of a percent would be 1.6 million, lets say that 1.6 million muslim fanatics go out and kill two non-Muslims each for the sole reason of being non-Muslim. There would be 3.2 million murders of peaceful non-Muslims. The Syrian war has been raging for almost three years now and there have been around 120,000 deaths. Do you see where your nonsense falls apart? I understand you are against Islam and its teachings, but there is no need to spread hate and lies. What would Jesus do?

      1. Constantin7 Avatar
        Constantin7

        man-o-war I see completely your point (if America attacks Syria it is certainly not christianity attacking Syria) the only difference is the muslims killing others (shiaa or christian or others) are doing it by religious decree, they truly and honestly believe that they are doing a favor to GOD, that they are applying God’s wishes. This is the difference. If America attacks any nation it does not attack it for religious reasons. Hitler did not attack his ennemies for religious reasons, actually they are doing exactly the opposite what christianity teaches (love your ennemy). In Islam killing is a second nature and killing is ordered by the God of Islam. The prophet of Islam said: “Umirtu an ukatila al-nass hatta yu’minou bi-llahi wa rassoulihi”.
        You know why there is 1.5 billion muslims and we do not have 1.5 billion killers and terrorists for several reasons but the major one is that: regular muslim people have more human and spititual and concsious values than the God of Islam or its prophet, and most of them either did not read the Koran or did not understand it (language problems). Most muslims do not marry 4 or 3 or 2 because marrying one is the real love and commitment between hasband and wife and is the right thing to do, only sex maniacs marry 2 or 3 or 4, i.e. sick people. Your prophet married 13 without counting malikat al-yamin.
        Anyone who kills anybody in the name of God, his religious teachings cannot possibly be from God. Man-o-war only Jesus Christ is the ultimate peace, joy, serenity and assurance, please try him and see how he will answer you. Please ask him to come into your life and see how you will feel in peace. You know millions discreetly are coming to Christ from the muslim world, most of them do not dare to declare it, because if they do guess what happens, they’ll be killed by orders from the prophet of Islam himself, and since whatever Mohammad said was taught by God then by orders of God (of Islam) himself!!!
        Man-o-war you seem very reasonable man, untill when you are going to keep on justifying these killing of innocents in the name of Islam ? How many innocent millions should die in the name of Islam (through out history) for you to realize that this religion cannot possibly be from God. How many broken families should happen with men marrying 2, 3 or 4 with all the problems these marriages create to convince you. Would you have preferred that your father married other women other your mother ? Of course not.
        Anyways when I start on this subject I cannot seem to stop typing, it is so much frustrating to see educated people who just cannot SEE. Please do not say I am spreading lies and hate, because I am not, I just want you to be saved before death suddenly comes. Nobody knows when we leave this life, your prophet himself did not know if he was going to paradise, Jesus Christ gives you a warranty for eternal life.
        Peace of Jesus Christ let it be upon you so that you become a man-o-peace not o-war ! 🙂

  2. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    This is the real Islam !
    Killing innocents because they do not believe exactly what these murderers believe in.

    1. man-o-war Avatar

      Generalize much? I don’t see eye to eye with some of my muslim friends and family members, but they have never threatened to kill me. You know what you said is not true. So, why say it? If the US, which is a predominantly Christian country starts bombing Syria tomorrow, is it ok to say that they represent the real Christianity? I never hear anyone saying that the pedophiles in the church represent the real Christianity. Why? Because its not even remotely close to being true. There are hateful violent Jewish settlers living in the West Bank, do they represent the real Judaism? No! Do you see my point?

      If what you say is true, there would be a lot more killing of non-Muslims on a daily basis. There are ~1.6 billion Muslim, a tenth of a percent would be 1.6 million, lets say that 1.6 million muslim fanatics go out and kill two non-Muslims each for the sole reason of being non-Muslim. There would be 3.2 million murders of peaceful non-Muslims. The Syrian war has been raging for almost three years now and there have been around 120,000 deaths. Do you see where your nonsense falls apart? I understand you are against Islam and its teachings, but there is no need to spread hate and lies. What would Jesus do?

      1. Constantin7 Avatar
        Constantin7

        man-o-war I see completely your point (if America attacks Syria it is certainly not christianity attacking Syria) the only difference is the muslims killing others (shiaa or christian or others) are doing it by religious decree, they truly and honestly believe that they are doing a favor to GOD, that they are applying God’s wishes. This is the difference. If America attacks any nation it does not attack it for religious reasons. Hitler did not attack his ennemies for religious reasons, actually they are doing exactly the opposite what christianity teaches (love your ennemy). In Islam killing is a second nature and killing is ordered by the God of Islam. The prophet of Islam said: “Umirtu an ukatila al-nass hatta yu’minou bi-llahi wa rassoulihi”.
        You know why there is 1.5 billion muslims and we do not have 1.5 billion killers and terrorists for several reasons but the major one is that: regular muslim people have more human and spititual and concsious values than the God of Islam or its prophet, and most of them either did not read the Koran or did not understand it (language problems). Most muslims do not marry 4 or 3 or 2 because marrying one is the real love and commitment between hasband and wife and is the right thing to do, only sex maniacs marry 2 or 3 or 4, i.e. sick people. Your prophet married 13 without counting malikat al-yamin.
        Anyone who kills anybody in the name of God, his religious teachings cannot possibly be from God. Man-o-war only Jesus Christ is the ultimate peace, joy, serenity and assurance, please try him and see how he will answer you. Please ask him to come into your life and see how you will feel in peace. You know millions discreetly are coming to Christ from the muslim world, most of them do not dare to declare it, because if they do guess what happens, they’ll be killed by orders from the prophet of Islam himself, and since whatever Mohammad said was taught by God then by orders of God (of Islam) himself!!!
        Man-o-war you seem very reasonable man, untill when you are going to keep on justifying these killing of innocents in the name of Islam ? How many innocent millions should die in the name of Islam (through out history) for you to realize that this religion cannot possibly be from God. How many broken families should happen with men marrying 2, 3 or 4 with all the problems these marriages create to convince you. Would you have preferred that your father married other women other your mother ? Of course not.
        Anyways when I start on this subject I cannot seem to stop typing, it is so much frustrating to see educated people who just cannot SEE. Please do not say I am spreading lies and hate, because I am not, I just want you to be saved before death suddenly comes. Nobody knows when we leave this life, your prophet himself did not know if he was going to paradise, Jesus Christ gives you a warranty for eternal life.
        Peace of Jesus Christ let it be upon you so that you become a man-o-peace not o-war ! 🙂

  3. Feeling blue about the future today….Jesus wants to give you hope and Eternal Life …..

    …Luke 4:18….

    18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
    Because He has anointed Me
    To preach the gospel to the poor;
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives
    And recovery of sight to the blind,
    To set at liberty those who are oppressed

  4. CrossWinds Avatar

    Feeling blue about the future today….Jesus wants to give you hope and Eternal Life …..

    …Luke 4:18….

    18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
    Because He has anointed Me
    To preach the gospel to the poor;
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives
    And recovery of sight to the blind,
    To set at liberty those who are oppressed

  5. man-o-war Avatar

    “About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, according to the United Nations”, slow month. Maybe the western governments should attack Iraq. Oh wait…they were not killed by chemical weapons, Carry on friends!

    1. Man-o it is all horrid and disgusting, western governments are not the problem or the solution friend! I can kill someone with a bic pen or an uzi ! what stops me from killing is having ACCURATE knowlege that it is NOT acceptable to god to settle anything by means of violence

  6. man-o-war Avatar

    “About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, according to the United Nations”, slow month. Maybe the western governments should attack Iraq. Oh wait…they were not killed by chemical weapons, Carry on friends!

    1. Man-o it is all horrid and disgusting, western governments are not the problem or the solution friend! I can kill someone with a bic pen or an uzi ! what stops me from killing is having ACCURATE knowlege that it is NOT acceptable to god to settle anything by means of violence

  7. Exactly what are those 16 guilty of? being born Shi’ite? how disgusting!

  8. Exactly what are those 16 guilty of? being born Shi’ite? how disgusting!

  9. Exactly what are those 16 guilty of? being born Shi’ite? how disgusting!

  10. This is against all the teachings of Islam . This is Definitely a plot to stir up division.
    The purpotrators must be brought to Justice .

    1. Btru, you seem like a very sincere person and I agree that this does create division, but more important than bringing purpotrators to justice is to expose that they are actually muslims that can only be shunned and changed by other muslims LOUD AND CLEAR by the teachings of islam as you point out as they are certainly not going to seek spiritual help from a rabbi right?

  11. This is against all the teachings of Islam . This is Definitely a plot to stir up division.
    The purpotrators must be brought to Justice .

    1. Btru, you seem like a very sincere person and I agree that this does create division, but more important than bringing purpotrators to justice is to expose that they are actually muslims that can only be shunned and changed by other muslims LOUD AND CLEAR by the teachings of islam as you point out as they are certainly not going to seek spiritual help from a rabbi right?

  12. People who kill others for any reason are criminals!!These are criminals ,religious fanatics !!!!

  13. People who kill others for any reason are criminals!!These are criminals ,religious fanatics !!!!

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