April 23, 2006

Police find 6 bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police found the bodies of six
young men, bound and with bullet holes in their heads, on
Sunday in Baghdad's violent Sunni district of Adhamiya, where
sectarian tensions sparked fierce gun battles last week.

Interior Ministry sources said the bodies were dumped on
the side of a road. Hundreds of bodies, many bearing signs of
torture, have been found in Baghdad since sectarian passions
exploded following the bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in February.

The discovery came one day after Iraq's president
designated tough-talking Shi'ite politician Jawad al-Maliki to
form a national unity government many see as the best way to
avert a sectarian civil war.

Maliki, in his first policy speech, said he would work to
disband the country's numerous militias, which are suspected to
be behind most of the execution-style killings.