About 29 people, most of them women, killed by gunmen who police said left messages suggesting some of the victims were prostitutes. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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Some 29 people, 20 of them women, were killed on Saturday (July 12) evening in an apartment building in eastern Baghdad by gunmen wearing a mix of plain clothes and camouflage, a police officer and a hospital official said.
The police officer told Reuters that he had witnessed a gruesome scene at the building in the neighbourhood of Zayouna.
Shi'ite militias have been accused by locals of carrying out killings of women branded as prostitutes in that district of the capital, though there was no way to immediately confirm who was responsible for the attack.
A police officer told Reuters that in flats where groups of women were found shot dead, scrawled in black were the words: "This is the punishment of those practising prostitution."
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