Sectarian Violence Erupts in Baghdad Masked Shiite gunmen kill more than 40 Sunni Muslims in Baghdad in an eruption of sectarian violence. Also, four more U.S. soldiers are charged with rape and murder, and a fifth with dereliction of duty, in the alleged rape-slaying of an Iraqi teenager and the killings of her relatives.
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Sectarian Violence Erupts in Baghdad

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Sectarian Violence Erupts in Baghdad

Sectarian Violence Erupts in Baghdad

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Masked Shiite gunmen kill more than 40 Sunni Muslims in Baghdad in an eruption of sectarian violence. Also, four more U.S. soldiers are charged with rape and murder, and a fifth with dereliction of duty, in the alleged rape-slaying of an Iraqi teenager and the killings of her relatives.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, Host:

NPR's Jamie Tarabay has details on that and the rest of the day's developments from Baghdad.

JAMIE TARABAY: Hider Salim(ph) lives in Jihad. Speaking by telephone, he said the trouble began early this morning. Armed men in black uniforms entered the area. There was the repeated sound of gunfire and then there were bodies left in the street.

HIDER SALIM: (Through Translator) They checked people's ID cards, and so far, it's been mainly Sunnis who have been killed. I don't know about any Shiites being shot, but right now, anyone walking down the street is a target.

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TARABAY: Jihad resident Hider Salim said the Iraqi security forces in the area did nothing.

SALIM: They didn't get involved.

TARABAY: Allah Mahki(ph), a Sunni legislator, said today's events in Jihad proved the Interior Ministry was compromised by the infiltration of Shiite militias, something Sunni leaders have long claimed.

ALLAH MAHKI: Apparently, official cars were used in the attack, and official people were helping some of the people armed. Only just (unintelligible) that has definite proved that those people are engaged in the process. They are not independent.

TARABAY: Jamie Tarabay, NPR News. Baghdad.

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