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Shiite militiamen in Iraq kill scores of Sunni worshipers at mosque
Shiite militiamen in Iraq kill scores of Sunni worshipers at mosque

Shiite Muslim militiamen on Friday stormed a Sunni mosque in eastern Iraq and opened fire, killing scores of worshipers, residents and Iraqi officials said, in a sign of growing sectarian violence stemming from the rise of the Islamic State militant group. The attack in Diyala province, east of Baghdad, was reportedly in retaliation for a bombing earlier in the day that targeted a Shiite security vehicle, raising the specter of the sort of tit-for-tat sectarian killing that marked the deadliest years of the Iraqi civil war years ago. Witnesses told news agencies that the gunmen were members of a volunteer Shiite militia, one of many that have allied with the Shiite-led government to...

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