One Shi’ite family near Baghdad has paid a terrible price for being caught up in the daily violence sweeping their country. At least 16 family members were killed when unidentified gunmen broke into their homes in Latifya, 40 kilometres south of the capital.
The dead included six children and eight women. The gunmen then blew up the family’s two neighbouring homes.
“We were in the house when they stormed in through the windows and shot us, using rifles.They shot my father in his stomach and shot my sister too. Then they exploded a device. Yes, a bomb, and we ran out when the room filled with smoke. I went upstairs and my brothers ran into the backyard,” said survivor Haneen Monther.
The attack follows the deaths on Tuesday of 60 people in several Shi’ite districts in multiple car bombings as violence intensifies in Iraq. In August around 800 people died in similar attacks.