Fourteen people killed by gunmen in Iraq
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  • According to reports, Iraqi officials said that dozens of militants set up a roadblock north of Baghdad early on July 25, stopped trucks, checked the IDs of drivers and killed 14 Shias. Two local officials said some 150 militants carried out a coordinated operation during the night that included the highway killings, in the area of Sulaiman Bek, a town north of Baghdad. The attack was reminiscent of the darkest days of the Sunni-Shia sectarian bloodshed in Iraq in 2006-07, when thousands of people were killed because of their religious affiliation or were forced to abandon their homes under threat of death. Lingering tensions between Sunnis and Shias have been inflamed by persistent violence in Iraq and the civil war in neighbouring Syria, and there are growing fears that the country is slipping back towards all-out sectarian conflict. Another seven people were killed elsewhere on Thursday, including three policemen. 1

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